So reads the headline on the AP report.
But gravelly-voiced Jack Kemp, succumbing to cancer at age 73, was considerably more. As a Republican congressman from New York, he served nine terms in Congress, leaving the House for an unsuccessful presidential bid in 1988.
Eight years later, after serving a term as President George H.W. Bush’s secretary of Housing and Urban Development, he was chosen as Bob Dole’s Vice Presidential running-mate. The ticket tanked, but Kemp didn’t. In a syndicated column, he remained a staunch advocate for tax reform and supply-side economics, firmly believing in the concept that tax cuts stimulated economic growth.
The Heritage Foundation carries a memorial by his close friend and campaign advisor, Edwin Feulner. Read it here.