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Tony Blankley dies at 63; press secretary to Speaker Newt Gingrich
Tony Blankley dies at 63; press secretary to Speaker Newt Gingrich

Reporting from Washington -- Tony Blankley, who gained notoriety as press secretary for Newt Gingrich during the Republican takeover of Congress in the 1990s and later as a conservative commentator on radio and television, has died. He was 63. The British-born Blankley, who was a child actor while growing up in Los Angeles, died Saturday at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, said his wife, Lynda Davis. He had stomach cancer. With his British accent, eclectic tastes and sharp tongue, Blankley turned his stint with Gingrich from 1990 to 1997 into a career as a commentator. In a 1996 profile, The Times dubbed him "The Speaker's Speaker," and Gingrich at the time called him...

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