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For those who missed last night's diary, Representative Carolyn Maloney's husband, Clifton, died suddenly and unexpectly while climbing a mountain in Tibet.  

Really sad:

The husband of Representative Carolyn B. Maloney of New York died after scaling a mountain peak during an expedition in Tibet, Ms. Maloney’s office announced on Saturday.

Her husband, Clifton H. W. Maloney, 71, had returned safely to a high-altitude base camp after reaching the summit of the 27,000-foot Himalayan peak Cho Oyu, according to a statement from George Arzt, a political consultant who released a statement on behalf of the Maloney family. Mr. Maloney said he was "the happiest man in the world," went to sleep and never woke up, the statement said.

I'd like to offer my condolences to Rep. Maloney and her two daughters.

On Carolyn Maloney: Rep. Maloney is a years-long member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and while her record certainly isn't perfect, has been a strong advocate for numerous progressive causes.  She and her husband were wealthy, but Rep. Maloney's concern for the average wage earner has been years-long, hardcore, and has resulted in legislation such as the Credit Card Holder's Bill of Rights.  Recently, she considered throwing her hat into the ring and competing for the NY senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton.  There were some ugly things said about her during that time period which weren't deserved, including an insinuation of racism.

So I'd like to take a moment to wish Rep. Maloney and her family the absolute best, and my hopes that Clifton Maloney, who had the fortune of passing away while "the happiest man in the world," may rest in peace.  His wife is one of the good ones.

Originally posted to GN1927 on Sun Sep 27, 2009 at 07:31 AM PDT.

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