If you have spent any time in the world of conservative politics, you have heard from Tony Blankley. He spent several years as press secretary and adviser to Newt Gingrich and as the editorial page editor of the Washington Times and most recently as a public relations professional, columnist, and media pundit. Before that, he was a child actor, a prosecutor, and a bureaucrat. On top of all that (and a resume that laden with genuine accomplishment should be enough to please any man) Blankley seemed to me to be one of the nicest guys in politics, a profession where being nice is actually an impediment to success. He reached the top of the conservative movement without a trail of broken and bitter rivals nipping away at his heels.
And now, according to his former employer The Washington Times, he has passed away.
Tony Blankley, a noted conservative author and commentator and former editorial page editor of The Washington Times, died Sunday morning, according to family sources. He was 63 and had been battling stomach cancer.
I didn’t know he was sick at all. He worked steadily — I heard him on WMAL-AM’s “Morning Majority” show quite often (and most recently at the end of November) — and I had heard nothing about his illness before, well, today. I wish his family and friends my most sincere condolences. I regret that I did not have the chance to meet Blankley before he passed. I’m sure I would have found him as engaging and good a man in person as he seemed elsewhere.
Category: In Memoriam