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Tony Blankley, Former Edelman Exec & Gingrich Press Secretary, Dies

We included the sad news in this morning’s Ticker: Tony Blankley, former press secretary for current GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich when he was leading the Republican charge in Congress during the 1990s, has died.

Blankley was also known for his appearances as a commentator on radio and television and as EVP of public affairs in Edelman’s D.C. office.

Rob Rehg, president of the firm’s D.C. office, sent us this comment via email:

Tony’s integrity, intellect and mastery of history and politics enriched our lives. He brightened our world with his colorful sartorial style, good humor and wonderful story telling. He was someone who truly fit the definition of a scholar and a gentleman. We were blessed to have had his wisdom, generous spirit and good company as part of our work family. We will miss him terribly.

Blankley was 63 years old. He died after a battle with stomach cancer.

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