北海夜网

Georgia congressman Norwood dies, 65

Posted on

first_imgWASHINGTON – Rep. Charles Norwood Jr., a blunt-spoken Georgia Republican who sold his dental practice and ran for Congress at age 52, died Tuesday after battling cancer and lung disease. Norwood, 65, died at his home in Augusta, Ga., his spokesman said. House members debating the war in Iraq interrupted proceedings for two moments of silence in his honor. President George W. Bush, in a statement, described Norwood as “a good friend and a strong, spirited legislator who always stuck to his principles.” Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue called Norwood an “incredible example of strength and dedication” and ordered flags to be lowered at all state buildings. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The vacancy created by his death will be filled by a special election. A feisty, tobacco-chewing conservative who loved to hunt and who railed against government bureaucracy, he beat Democratic incumbent Don Johnson in 1994 to become the first Republican to represent his eastern Georgia district since shortly after the Civil War. Norwood had a dry wit and rarely settled for diplomatic language. When a Democrat complained that Norwood cut off questioning at a mine-safety hearing last year, Norwood responded: “When you get in charge, you get to run the damn thing. Right now, you’re not.” He wasn’t afraid to criticize his own party when he thought it was veering off course. Last year he called Republicans who backed compromise immigration legislation “turncoats.” last_img read more