Thursday, August 21, 2008

Stephanie Tubbs Jones 1949-2008

I am sorry to say that I had never heard of Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones until AngryBlackBitch reported yesterday that she had been hospitalized. This morning the news came that Tubbs Jones had died.

She seems to have been an interesting and complicated person. Her Wikipedia profile says that "despite representing a heavily unionized district, she was a strong proponent of free trade." The Daily Kos quotes the New York Times to the effect that Tubbs Jones worked to expand health care coverage for low and middle income workers. She also opposed "emergency funding" for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

According to ABB, she was the first black person to represent Ohio in Congress. Tubbs Jones was also an ardent supporter of Hillary Clinton's presidential bid, but threw her support to Barack Obama in June. Both Clinton and Obama mourned her passage. The Cleveland Plain Dealer also offered full coverage.

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