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Vile, reprehensible ABC News sinks to yet another new low by American Elephant
September 5, 2007, 2:11 pm
Filed under: News, Politics | Tags: ,

Just listening to the ABC top of the hour news report, and following a touching report on the standing ovation Senator Tim Johnson of South Dakota received upon his return to the senate following his long recovery from a brain injury, ABC News had the following to say on the death of Ohio Congressman Paul Gillmor:

An Ohio House seat is empty, Representative Paul Gillmor was found dead in his apartment.” [emphasis added]

That’s it. That was their entire report on the matter.

No mention of his decades of service to Ohio and the country. No mention of his accomplishments or the loved ones he leaves behind. The only thing that matters to ABC is that a dead republican leaves a (pant, pant, drool, drool) seat open in the House of Representatives.

It sincerely makes me sick to my stomach.

Here is a more fitting report:

Ohio Congressman Paul Gillmor

Sept. 5 (Bloomberg) — Republican Representative Paul Gillmor of Ohio was found dead in his apartment in Washington today, an aide said. He was 68.

Brad Mascho, a spokesman for Gillmor, said authorities are investigating the death. “From everything we know, it’s from natural causes,” he said. “It’s an extreme shock to all of us.”

Mascho said Gillmor’s death is particularly shocking in part because he was so active last week, traveling during a congressional recess to all 16 counties in his district.

Gillmor was first elected to Congress in 1988 and won a 10th term last year. He served on the Energy and Commerce as well as the Financial Services Committees.

“Paul Gillmor was a man of genuine humility and deep conviction — a great public servant and a good friend,” House Minority Whip Roy Blunt said in a statement. “His love for his family was matched only by his love for this nation.”

House Republican leader John Boehner called Gillmor “a good friend and a trusted colleague who served his constituents with honor for nearly two decades.”

U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman Sergeant Kimberly Schneider declined comment on the investigation of his death.

Before winning a seat in Congress, Gillmor was elected to the Ohio state Senate at age 27 and served 22 years, including as Senate president, according to his Web page biography. He is married with five children. [read more]

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Representative Gillmor’s family and loved ones.

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