Conservative commentator Tony Blankley passed away over the weekend due to complications from stomach cancer. He was 63. Blankley had a regular spot as the conservative voice on KCRW’s Left, Right & Center. Blankley was Newt Gingrich’s press secretary in the early 90’s. He also spent 10 years in the California attorney general’s office as a prosecutor.
LA Observed spoke with several of Blankley’s KCRW collegues about his passing. Here’s what Left, Right & Center colleague Arianna Huffington had to say.
“I have been friends with Tony and his wonderful wife Lynda ever since we first met in Washington in 1993 and it was a real delight to have him join our Left, Right and Center team every week. He never failed to amaze me with his breadth of knowledge and culture, always unpredictable with his trademark wit and tailored suits. His resilience through his battle with cancer inspired us all. He was a true original and will be deeply missed.