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Republicans in SCV reflect on Tony Snow

‘He will be known as a newsman’

Posted: July 12, 2008 11:37 p.m.
Updated: September 13, 2008 5:02 a.m.

Local Republicans met the passing of Tony Snow, the former press secretary to President George W. Bush, with sadness and reflection Saturday.

Snow died early Saturday morning after a long battle with colon cancer. He was 53.

“When I heard about his death I took a deep breath and just sighed,” said Mark Hershey, a director of the SCV Congress of Republicans. “He did a great job, and I was sad. I didn’t see it coming.”

Grief over Snow’s passing went beyond his involvement in the conservative cause.

“First thing you get is how young he was,” said Hunt Braly, treasurer of the Santa Clarita Valley Congress of Republicans. “It’s unfortunate.”

Prior to his stint in the White house, Snow was host of the Fox News Channel’s “Fox News Sunday” from 1996 to 2003.

In May 2006, Snow replaced Scott McClellan as press secretary during a time when the White House was making several personnel changes within the administration.

Snow served 17 months as press secretary to President Bush and during that tenure suffered a second bout with cancer.

Snow was very personable and fair, Hershey said.

“He was very polite and knowledgeable, and he had a very good relationship with the press.”

Snow often was criticized for his unabashed sentiments and often times was referred to as “combative”.
“He was a good press secretary and very insightful,” Braly said.

Snow resigned as the president’s chief spokesman last September, citing finances.

He earned far less as press secretary than he had in cable news.

Snow found a spot in April as a commentator for CNN.

“What he meant goes beyond the Republican community,” Braly said. “He was a good newsman and a tough interviewer.”

Snow meant a lot to the Republican community, Hershey said, and will be remembered positively.

“He will be known as a newsman,” Braly said. “Being a part of the Bush administration will be a minor part of his legacy.”


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