I had not realized former Speaker of the House had died until I came upon John Boehner’s tribute statement in which he writes:
Forthright and warmhearted, Tom Foley endeared himself not only to the wheat farmers back home but also colleagues on both sides of the aisle. That had a lot to do with his solid sense of fairness, which remains a model for any Speaker or representative. Take it from the great Henry Hyde, who used to say of Tom, ‘I wish he were a Republican.’ With his passing, the House loses one of its most devoted servants and the country loses a great statesman.
That’s very John Boehner, who had a deep love for the late Congressman Hyde. (There is no one I admired more — no one, he has said.)