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