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8th January
2012
written by Sean Noble

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tony Blankley, a long-time communications guru, passed away the morning of January 8th at the age of 63.  He was battling stomach cancer.

I knew Tony – he didn’t really know me – and I always admired him and marveled at his skill.  When I first met him in 1994 he was serving as a special advisor to Newt Gingrich, and stayed with Newt through 1997.

From 2002-2007 he was the editorial page editor for The Washington Times.

He was smart, witty, and a great writer.  He was born in London, and became a naturalized U.S. citizen after his parents moved from England to California.  He still had a bit of an English accent and for a young, impressionable kid fascinated by communications, to me he seemed an even more commanding presence.

He was one of the happy warriors in the conservative cause, and he will be missed.

 

UPDATE

C-SPAN has a great page up for Tony with all his appearances – you can find it here.

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