Alcee Hastings, longtime Florida Democratic House member, dies at 84

Alcee Hastings, longtime Florida Democratic House member, dies at 84


Alcee Hastings, an impeached federal judge who went on to be a Florida congressman for 28 years, died Tuesday at age 84 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

The Fort Lauderdale-area Democrat and civil rights trailblazer’s career had been marked by high-profile highs and lows.

Before joining Congress, Hastings was a federal judge who was impeached by the House in 1988 after being accused of accepting a $150,000 bribe. The Senate convicted him and removed him from the bench.

Trending: Why Is President Trump Pushing The Vaccine? Some Thoughts…

But Hastings was not barred from holding office. In 1992, he won a newly created House seat, in which constituents didn’t seem particularly bothered by his background. During the 1992 primary campaign for the seat, against now-Rep. Lois Frankel, a Democratic in a neighboring South Florida district, Hastings reportedly visited a half-dozen churches every Sunday in pursuit of votes. He was quoted in one story describing Frankel, his white and Jewish opponent: “That b—- is

Continue reading

You Might Like

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!
Thanks for sharing!
Send this to a friend