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Posted by on Jan 2, 2008 in At TMV | 2 comments

Tom Lantos Diagnosed With Cancer, Retiring

California Democrat Tom Lantos, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has announced he is retiring after being diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus. Lantos has been a passionate defender of human rights while serving in the House, and the only Holocaust survivor serving anywhere in Congress. Unsurprisingly, he has been a particularly early and vocal Congressional leader on Darfur.

Via Kos, who had been supporting a primary challenge against Lantos due to his relatively-hawkish foreign policy views. I hope that, with his impending retirement, we can put aside differences over Iraq and respect his years of public service and his amazing life story (and of course, wish him a full recovery).

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  • Pyongyang will certainly be happy!

  • While I rarely give anything to the Kos Kidz, except for a certain ancient fertility gesture, I have to give them credit for this one. The vast majority of the comments that deal directly with Lantos are positive, and what very few negative comments there were wound up getting trashed and ridiculed with great alacrity.

    Of course, I think the majority of the comments dealt with the race to capture his open seat, which isn’t exactly the best form in the political world.

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