Rep. Alcee Hastings, the fiercely liberal longtime Florida congressman who was dogged throughout his tenure by an impeachment that ended his fast-rising judicial career, died Tuesday. He was 84.
His death was confirmed by his chief of staff, Lale M. Morrison. Hastings, a Democrat from the Fort Lauderdale area, announced two years ago that he had pancreatic cancer.
Hastings was known as an advocate for minorities, a defender of Israel and a voice for gays, immigrants, women and the elderly.
He held senior posts on the House Rules Committee and the Helsinki Commission, which works with other countries on a variety of multinational issues.
But the bribery scandal that led to his impeachment derailed his ambitions for a greater leadership role.
“That seems to be the only thing of significance to people who write,” Hastings told The