Remembering Former Rep. Chris Cannon

Upon learning May 8 of the death of former Utah Rep. Chris Cannon, my immediate thought was that an era had ended among Republicans in Congress.

One of the last “compassionate conservatives” in the mold of George W. Bush, Cannon, 73, voted conservative on virtually all issues (lifetime American Conservative Union rating: 96%) while serving in Congress from 1996-2008.

But he also was a true pragmatist when it came to resolving difficult problems. If Cannon felt something needed to be fixed, it didn’t matter if he moved from right to middle and in the process irked the conservative base within his party.

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