Tom Foley, former speaker of the House in a less combative time, dies at age 84

  • Article by: ALAN FRAM , Associated Press
  • Updated: October 18, 2013 - 5:08 PM

WASHINGTON — Tall and courtly, Tom Foley served 30 years in the House when partisan confrontation was less rancorous than today and Democrats had dominated for decades. He crowned his long political career by becoming speaker, only to be toppled when Republicans seized control of Congress in 1994, turned out by angry voters with little taste for incumbents.

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ddellwoOct. 18, 13 3:44 PM

Nothing says "self absorption" like a 10-page obituary!

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qwerty123Oct. 18, 13 5:47 PM

This guy epitomizes the old saying about "forgotten but not gone".

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hawkeye56379Oct. 18, 13 7:55 PM

Um, ddellwo, he didn't write it himself. He's dead. His wife wrote it.

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chablis28Oct. 19, 13 1:37 AM

AP writes.... "He crowned his long political career by becoming speaker, only to be toppled when Republicans seized control of Congress in 1994, turned out by angry voters with little taste for incumbents" XXXXXX Ever notice how only Republican voters and movements are characterized as "angry"???? LOL If you occupy wall street your not "angry".

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