Palin, Santorum, Bachmann, And Romney Remember The Late Andrew Breitbart
12:45 pm, March 1st | by Laura Donovan
The Twitterverse and Internet exploded with grief Thursday morning over the unexpected death of conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart, who passed away suddenly “from natural causes” early this morning, according to a statement from his website, Big Government. Though many callous individuals were quick to celebrate the end of the controversial pundit’s life, many conservative big names made public statements about the sadness they felt over the loss.
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, who had interacted with Breitbart before, wrote in a Facebook note:
“We are all stunned and saddened by the news of Andrew Breitbart’s passing. Andrew was a warrior who stood on the side of what was right. He defended what was right. He defended the defenseless.”
Similar to many who have expressed devastation over Breitbart’s death, Palin noted that she feels for his spouse and kids:
“It is so sad to consider his four young children who have lost their dad. All our prayers are with his family now. May God comfort his wife and children.”
Around the time of the Wisconsin protests last spring, Breitbart introduced Palin at the State Capitol. They both spoke at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference, which took place less than a month ago.
Palin was far from the only bigtime right-leaning figure to pay a tribute to Breitbart. Former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann tweeted Thursday morning, “Andrew Breitbart’s family is in my prayers at the news of his sudden passing. Today we lost a true conservative and a man of conviction.”
GOP presidential contender Rick Santorum expressed sorrow over the loss this morning after delivering a speech in Georgia. ABC News reported that Santorum learned of the death at the event and had a somewhat incoherent reaction, understandably:
“Really? Oh I’m crestfallen that’s terrible. Do you know what happened…Oh that’s shocking. Obviously prayers go to him and his family and it’s a big shock. What a powerful voice. It’s almost you mean you think of anyone who’s more energy who’s out there constantly driving and pushing he would be. What a huge loss in my opinion for our country and certainly for the conservative movement and the prayers go out to my family. I’m sorry to hear it.”
Santorum rival Mitt Romney tweeted that he and his wife were also devastated at the news: “Ann and I are deeply saddened by the passing of @AndrewBreitbart: brilliant entrepreneur, fearless conservative, loving husband and father.”
Born in Los Angeles, California, Breitbart is best known for his conservative activism and series of “Big” news sites. He was also the first to break news of Anthony Weiner’s lewd Twitter photos last summer. He helped launch The Huffington Post alongside friend Arianna Huffington and also worked on Matt Drudge’s Drudge Report aggregation site. Breitbart passed away at age 43 and is survived by his wife and four children, among many others. According to the Los Angeles Times, Breitbart collapsed during a walk near his home in southern California and was rushed to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center at around midnight. Breitbart’s father-in-law Orson Bean told the Associated Press that a neighbor witnessed Breitfart’s fall and contacted paramedics. Bean added that Breitbart had previously suffered from heart problems.