WASHINGTON – "One of the giants of
Those were among the reactions Thursday to the announcement by Rep.
Tributes came from environmental and health groups, whose causes Waxman championed, and Democratic allies and Republican adversaries.
"He was a tough partisan, but above all, an institutionalist who was in politics for all the right reasons," said former Rep.
Los Angeles Mayor
"Cleaner air, better health and fewer people smoking are just part of his tremendous lung health legacy," said Harold Wimmer, the American Lung Assn.'s national president and chief executive.
Rabbi Jack Moline, executive director of the National Jewish Democratic Council, noted that Waxman is known as the "dean of the Jewish delegation" because of his championing of Jewish causes.
"This really is the end of an era," said Eric Bauman, chairman of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party.
Scott Segal, the head of Bracewell & Giuliani's policy resolution group who has appeared before the Energy and Commerce Committee on behalf of oil and natural gas developers, refiners, utilities and chemical manufacturers, said that although he often disagreed with Waxman, "there was always a feeling that Mr. Waxman desired to reach a deal that advanced his objectives, even if he had to give on some points."
"Frankly, I'm going to miss him," he said.
But Dan Holler, spokesman for Heritage Action for America, offered some backhanded praise.
"The irony of Mr. Waxman’s disdain for the