The LA Times is reporting:

Jack Kemp, the all-star college and pro quarterback who went on to serve nine House terms, as secretary of Housing and Urban Development and as Robert Dole’s VP running mate on the 1996 Republican presidential ticket, died this evening.

Kemp also ran his own unsuccessful presidential campaign in 1988 against Ronald Reagan‘s vice president, George H.W. Bush, who would go on to appoint Kemp as his HUD secretary.

The cause of death was cancer. He was 73 years old and had allowed his office to release the news of his terminal illness only in early January.But there were no details of treatment or what type, only word that he would continue his charitable activities.

I chose this particular clip because Kemp was a native os the west side of LA.


Bit went with the L.A. Times story because Kenp was a native of Los Angeles.   All well and good, but I want the  Buffalo perspective, Robert J. McCarthy, Buffalo News:

Jack Kemp(AP)

“Buffalo, N. Y., is my hometown,” he told the crowd on Aug. 18, 1996. “Don’t let anybody tell you it’s not. And I want you to know I learned every lesson in politics and football from being a congressman and a quarterback for the Buffalo Bills.”

The late Tim Russert was born in Buffalo.  Kemp adopted Buffalo.

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