Sunday, May 3, 2009

Jack Kemp, RIP

Mr NYC was sad to hear of the death of Jack Kemp, the former Congressman, HUD secretary, and 1996 Republican VP nominee. Unlike so many politicians today who are more interested in their careers or some ideology, Kemp was actually interested in public service above and beyond everything else.

Besides politics, Jack Kemp was a great NFL star and his football career is strongly identified with New York State. His glory years were with the Buffalo Bills and he also played briefly with the New York Giants. After football, he was elected to Congress from the Buffalo area.

I saw Jack Kemp speak at my college in 1996, just a few months before he was nominated for Vice President. You could tell he was a masterful politician - he roamed the stage, had a boyish enthusiasm, and told us what kind of country he thought America should be. I'm afraid to say that I didn't vote for the 1996 Dole/Kemp ticket but was glad that I saw him that time and got to hear what he had to say.

My best wishes to his friends and family.

1 comment:

  1. I was able to spend some time with Jack Kemp at a fundraiser. I found him to be both personable and genuine.

    He excelled both on the football field and in the political arena.

    He will be missed.



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