Before Tim Russert, who died earlier today, the most famous Buffalonian was probably Rick James. Here’s what Tom Brokaw had to say about Russert’s Buffalo-ness, according to the Caucus Blog:

Mr. Brokaw said Mr. Russert was a true child of Buffalo and always stayed in touch with his blue collar roots and “the ethos of that community.”

He said Mr. Russert had just moved his father, who is in his late 80s, from one facility to another in Buffalo. He said he loved his family, his Catholic faith, his country, politics, the Buffalo Bills, the New York Yankees and the Washington Nationals.

Fifty-eight is too young to die. That’s a damn shame. However, I won’t be drawing any obituary tributes, because that shit is tacky. The best people to give him a tribute are his colleagues in the mainstream news media, who are already releasing testimonials to the man’s hard work and dedication to covering American politics.

I was not always thrilled with how Russert would give voice to conventional wisdom or to parrot Republican talking points; but I did always appreciate his tenacity in forcing guests to answer his questions directly.

I wonder what Darryl Hammond has to say?

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