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August 18, 2009 For Immediate Release
ANTONOVICH COMMENTS ON DEATH OF ROBERT NOVAK
LOS ANGELES COUNTY – Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich released the following statement on the death of Robert Novak:
“Bob was a good friend, a respected journalist and a bold defender of liberty, democracy, faith and American values. With a keen intellect and a passionate commitment to provide insightful commentary on the issues facing our nation, Bob became an icon in the modern television news and in the Conservative movement.
Since he first listened to the Republican Convention on his family radio in 1940, Bob has fought to protect individual liberty from an over-reaching Federal government. In a career that spanned over fifty years, Bob penned countless editorials and commentaries that provided inspiration and fuel for those who fought against tyranny and communism and for limited government, religious freedom, and a free market economy. As a frequent lecturer on college campuses, he was a role model for young journalists as a pioneer in the cable news talk show industry and a frequent columnist providing balance to stories of the day.
To satisfy what he called a “spiritual hunger,” Bob converted to Catholicism later in life. In embracing his faith, he served as an example, that in stern discussions of the vital political issues, it was not necessary to dislike those with whom he disagreed.
Bob Novak’s legacy is a tremendous body of work in journalism and political thought that will serve as a source of intellectual strength and inspiration for future generations. Christine and I send our prayers and condolences to his wife, Geraldine, their two children, Zelda and Alexander and their eight grandchildren.”