Skip to comments.John Tunney, ex-US senator from California, dies at 83
Posted on 01/13/2018 2:21:25 PM PST by EveningStar
John V. Tunney, whose successful campaign for a California seat in the U.S. Senate became the basis for the 1972 Robert Redford film The Candidate, has died. He was 83.
Tunney died of prostate cancer Friday at a home in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles, his brother, Jay Tunney, told The Associated Press.
Tunney was among the youngest people elected to the U.S. Senate in the past century when he won his seat in 1970 at age 36. He then became one of the youngest in recent history to lose a Senate seat when he was defeated after just one term...
Tunney was born in New York the son of Connecticut socialite Polly Lauder Tunney and boxer Gene Tunney, the 1920s heavyweight champion whose two victories over Jack Dempsey were among the most renowned fights of the 20th century...
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He’s a Rat. Couldn’t care less about his....well,I’ll leave it at that.
Glad USS Tunny was not named for him
His only redeeming feature is that he wasn’t as bad as Alan Cranston.
Tunney was close to Ted Kennedy. He was Kennedys go-between in the traitorous deal Kennedy tried to make with the Soviets to influence the Presidential election of 1984
Just think, in another 10-15 years, after the dems would stab Reagan/amnesty in the back by opening the flood-gates for illegals, he would have been a shoo-in.
The art of the deal is...never make deals with dems.
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S.I. Hayakawa was great.
Like Trump, he wasn’t a professional politician and he won that US Senate seat the very first time he ever ran for anything.
A hero in California for standing up against the demonstrators at San Francisco State University.
He would debate issues of the day with (Stanley) Bruce Herschensohn. Herschensohn would mop the floor with Tunny. It was so bad I often wondered why Tunny would submit himself to it week after week. It was brutal!
My respect for Hershensohn grew and grew. I really liked the guy. As for Tunny, he was clearly a flake.
Full Hershensohn name provided due to another person with the name Bruce Hershenson, I've never heard of before.
Unfortunately, he had a medical condition that impaired his ability to speak, a severe handicap for a politician. he also had to fight off a last-minute challenge from Norton Simon, a RINO businessman. These factors, plus a recession were too many obstacles for Murphy to overcome.
Fortunately, Tunney only served one term before being knocked out by Dr. Sam Hayakawa (who would turn out to be a disappointing RINO).
Sadly, the man was an idiot.
As I recall, one of his campaign buttons said, “Sayonara Tunney.”
Tunney took part in an epic airline flight with Kennedy in which they ran up and down the aisles of an in flight airplane throwing bread rolls at each other and the stewardesses while laughing like children.
Behavior like this somehow caused Californians not to take Senator Tunney seriously.
One less RAT......
Dreadful Senator, to be sure. RIP.
"The senator charged Tunney to convey the following message, through confidential contacts, to the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Y. Andropov."
"Kennedys message was simple. He proposed an unabashed quid pro quo. Kennedy would lend Andropov a hand in dealing with President Reagan. In return, the Soviet leader would lend the Democratic Party a hand in challenging Reagan in the 1984 presidential election."
And wasn’t Jack Dempsey a Democrat?
I remember that “Moon” Reagan, RR’s brother, was actively against Hayakawa in the 1982 reelection attempt. The GOP turned to the more liberal Pete Wilson, who actually beat Jerry Brown.
I didn’t know why so many CA Republicans turned against Hayakawa in the 1982 primary, but they nominated another RINO, Pete Wilson.
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