CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien and House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt today offered the following comments on the passing of internet news entrepreneur Andrew Breitbart, who died this morning at the age of 43.
House Speaker William O’Brien
“I had the opportunity to meet Andrew on a few occasions over the past year. He was an extraordinarily passionate, focused and driven man, who above all was committed to bringing accountability to the media and to ensuring that all Americans got to learn how entrenched interests were able to tilt the playing field in their direction. His energy was magnetic and carried people along in its wake. While Andrew might have left us, his legacy is secure and he has opened doors for people who will carry on his torch that can never now be shut. Andrew Breitbart was a game changer and the work he started will only grow. The country is lessened by his loss and I am saddened that I won’t get a chance to spend time with this great change agent again.”
House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt
“I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Breitbart during the New Hampshire Primary and was saddened to hear of his untimely death—we lost a great man far too soon. Though a provocateur in style, I found him to be engaging and incredibly intelligent. He offered an important and valued perspective in the conservative movement and I appreciated his patriotism and honorable sense of indignation at the hubris and hypocrisy of liberalism. His voice will be missed—I express my deepest condolences to his wife, children, friends and family along with his many admirers.”