Re: Wyoming Sen. Craig Thomas Dies at 74
- Speaking of Wyoming, you can get the least number of popular vote
(about ninety thousand in a non-presidential cycle) to become a U.S.
Senator in that state. That's less than what you need to be a State
Senator in some states! I wonder what the Founding Fathers have to say
about such absurdity.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Greg Cannon <gregcannon1@...>
> Wyoming Sen. Craig Thomas Dies at 74
> Jun 4, 10:43 PM (ET)
> By MARY CLARE JALONICK
> WASHINGTON (AP) - Wyoming Sen. Craig Thomas, a
> three-term conservative Republican who stayed clear of
> the Washington limelight and political catfights, died
> Monday. He was 74.
> The senator's family issued a statement saying he died
> Monday evening at National Naval Medical Center in
> Bethesda, Md. He had been receiving chemotherapy for
> acute myeloid leukemia.
> Just before the 2006 election, Thomas was hospitalized
> with pneumonia and had to cancel his last campaign
> stops. He nonetheless won with 70 percent of the vote,
> monitoring the election from his hospital bed.
> Two days after the election, Thomas announced that he
> had just been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia.
> Gov. Dave Freudenthal, a Democrat, will appoint a
> successor from one of three finalists chosen by the
> state Republican party.
> Thomas was a low-key lawmaker who reliably represented
> the interests of his conservative state, often
> becoming involved in public lands issues. He worked in
> behind-the-scenes posts to oversee national parks,
> including Yellowstone in Wyoming.
> He was also an advocate for domestic energy and
> minerals production. He worked to protect Wyoming's
> mining industry from foreign competition and backed
> efforts to get a federally funded coal gasification
> plant built in the state.
> After his first round of chemotherapy, Thomas returned
> to the Senate in December, a month earlier than
> expected. A few months later, he said he felt better
> than he had in a long time. But he returned to the
> hospital for a second round of chemotherapy in May.
> "I'm resolved to do all I can to keep the leukemia in
> check," he said then. "I've been feeling very good
> over the last several months - even returning to my
> regular morning run. But I've always known that
> further treatments are common and could periodically
> be part of this thing."