November 29th, 2007
10:40 AM ET
15 years ago

Former Rep. Hyde dies

Hyde died early Thursday morning.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Congressman Henry Hyde, a Republican from Illinois, died early Thursday morning. He was 83.

Hyde's death was confirmed by a spokesman in the office of Republican leader John Boehner.

He had been ill for some time and had open heart surgery in July. In his final years in office, he was wheelchair bound and frail.

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  1. Wayne, Greenville TX

    My late mother always told me that if you can't say anything nice about a person, you shouldn't say anything at all. Bearing that in mind, here's what I have to say about Henry Hyde's passing:

    November 29, 2007 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  2. jimmy,austin,tx

    Scott, Dallas TX

    You are an embarasement to the GREAT state of TEXAS, dont care about political affiliation, but what a liberal prick you must be. Another reason why I will not vote for a liberal, they will always show you their true colors, like scott just did.

    November 29, 2007 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  3. MSSam, Hattiesburg, MS

    It's hilarious how some of the very same people cheering the death of this man and hoping he burns in hell are the same ones who showed such great outrage when Huckabee made a wisecrack about sending Hillary to Mars.

    This is the sort of brainless partisanship that's destroying America.

    November 29, 2007 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  4. Travis Brobst, Sierra Vista, Arizona

    I was sad to hear of his passing. I admire anyone who has the courage to stand up for what they believe. I worked in Washington one year and saw him once. He seemed even larger than he did on TV. To all the Alec Baldwin types, how disgusting that you feel the need to glory in the death of someone with whom you disagree.

    November 29, 2007 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  5. Mike, Orlando, FL

    Some of you are STILL hung up with the "hypocrisy" of the cast of characters in the CLinton scandal. While that's certainly true, none of these other folks lied under oath. Only Clinton was STUPID enough to get himself in that position and then to lie under oath...besides, the dumb b____d should have taken the 5th and spared us the whole ridiculous circus.

    Condolences to the Hyde family.

    November 29, 2007 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Mike from FL.
    Typical republican response. But But Clinton lied under oath. Yes he did, but that has nothing to do with my point of Hyde being a hypocrite. He was what he was. Dying doesn't change that. Your ilk is the same bunch who think that Libby did nothing wrong. He too lied under oath. He lied about the outing of a CIA agent. Clinton lied about a BJ. You tell me which is worse.

    November 29, 2007 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  7. Rob, Show Low, AZ

    Rest in Peace, Mr. Hyde, although I did not agree with you on many items you pushed, however you were a leader and should be remembered for that. I hope your family finds comfort in the following days.

    November 29, 2007 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  8. Mike, Cleveland, OH

    As I long time Dem, I deplore the partisan attacks on the recently deceased. Though I was never a fan of Mr. Hyde during the impeachment, I will not call him names. Like some Republicans, we as the Democratic Party should put aside our disagreements when a politician dies. How would you Dems feel if the shoe were on the other foot?

    In short, Lead by Example…take the high road

    November 29, 2007 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  9. Tony, Enterprise, Alabama

    Sincere condolences to the Hyde Family.

    While I disagreed with Congressman Hyde on a huge range of issues, he was from the old school. A class act and a true gentleman.

    There are too few gentleman politicians left on either side of the aisle.

    He will be missed.

    November 29, 2007 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  10. Rob A. Eden Prairie, MN

    "I may not agree with his Impeachment of Clinton in the 90's, but one thing that is undeniable is that Hyde was a man who would stick to his beliefs, and follow them through like a man. He never acted unless he had researched the information and believed the information was correct."

    Righttt. This, about a man who was having an affair while he was impeaching Clinton for having an affair. . I have nothing good to say about Hyde.

    November 29, 2007 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  11. Jim M. Gau; Hancock, MI

    As a Michiganite formerly of Henry Hyde's area of Illinois, I can say we lost a good man. He was one who would personally make sure you got an answer to problems and questions, and was one of the most ethical folks in Congress. We needed a few more like him a long time ago to serve as an example to those who came after him. Henry, you will be sorely missed.

    November 29, 2007 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  12. KenF, arlington-Grand Prairie, Texas

    Read these disturbing comments concerning the late Honorable Henry Hyde. Its' a sad day in America when some of our fellow citizens lack commonsense, values and integrity. Those who have voiced the lie, that there was a so called, "witch hunt" concerning the inquiry into former president Clinton and his Monica affair simply ignore the t-r-u-t-h. There was and still is clear EVIDENCE that indicates Mr. Clinton LIED under oath. The irony is the Republican party FAILED to follow through and get the job done; i.e. impeach him from the office. Mr. Hyde and his colleagues, even though they "dropped the ball" are still honorable men. Which, by the way says a lot...when we consider important parts of a man, referred to as CHARACTER. Thanks Mr. Mr. Hyde for your honorable service from a vet and not an "armchair quarterback" shouting insults.

    November 30, 2007 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  13. Richard, West Palm Beach, FL

    If Henry Hyde had "commonsense, values and integrity" he would not, as a married man, had a FOUR-YEAR affair with a married woman. His verbal attacks on Clinton's affair were the height of hypocrisy since his own affair was even worse.

    "Family values" Republicans did not find his affair anything to prevent Bush from awarding him our highest civilian award a few weeks ago. Having an affair did not keep him from being one of THREE Republican senators who were still in office after their hypocrisy was exposed.

    As we have seen, Republicans do not consider being GUILTY of two counts of perjury, one count of obstruction of justice, and one count of making false statements to federal agents to be crimes that in total are worth even one MINUTE in prison.

    Republicans spent $50 million to prosecute a man for an affair that was less disgraceful than some of their own affairs and for a crime that they don't consider worthy of prison time. The HYPOCRISY is incredible.

    November 30, 2007 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  14. mark wilkes barre pa

    Anon Ney york NY,,,,, Thank you for posting that comment,, When a "worthy apponent" dies the ethical AND moral thing to do is let the rederick towards that human being die with them !!! this man and many others who die while serving our country have families and loved ones. what a twisted set of whats OK to say and whats not values some of the commenters have towards a person who just died

    December 1, 2007 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  15. mark wilkes barre pa

    And for the record you haters,, I did not mean you should have an oppinion on the man I said you should not voice hate rederick when some one You dont know personally dies

    December 1, 2007 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
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