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Sad News: Jim King Moved to Hospice


We received news today that Senator Jim King has been moved to hospice. While I have no inside information about this development, usually a move to hospice is not a good thing.

I’ve thought a lot about Senator King in the last few months. He was among the first politicians I met when I came to Florida. I consider him to be one of the good guys.

My experiences interviewing Senator King have always been exceptional. The first time we sat down together, it quickly became obvious that he was a straight-ahead guy that would answer questions candidly and in depth. In every interview I conducted with Senator King, on issue after issue, he (almost) always took every question straight on, and gave a good answer. And it wasn’t always the answer you expected.

Senator King has been a stalwart champion of his district, and the entire region. He was instrumental in changing the school funding formula and increasing state spending on education in Northeast Florida. His accomplishments are many, and Northeast Florida is a better place for his leadership.

But as powerful as he became, Senator King has always been approachable. He has always made an effort to make time for the media, or at least for me. He has shown me respect when he didn’t have to, which begets respect in return. I always came away from any encounter with Senator King feeling like I knew more than I did when we started, and not just formal interviews.

King has been parodied by Carl Haiasson, who doesn’t seem to care much for Republicans. He was never called out by name, but from the description, anyone who knows anything about Florida politics knows who Haiasson meant. Not very complimentary, to be sure, and I never asked King about it, but I’m sure he took it with his usual good humor.

Senator King was nearing the end of his political career. His presence was going to be missed regardless. The news today was not entirely unexpected, and yet it came faster than at least I expected. Of course, our thoughts are with Senator King and his family.

4 Responses »

  1. Very sad news, indeed. My thoughts and prayers will be with Senator King and his family in what must be very difficult times.

  2. Senator King was the finest legislator from North Florida. I had the honor of working on his 2006 campaign and found him to be very kind, compassionate and fun to be around. My prayers are with the Senator, his lovely wife Linda and his family.

  3. We are all praying for Senator Jim King, his beautiful wife Linda and his family. His quick wit and humor have been witnessed by many of us in Duval as well as all over our state. He could rev up a crowd and have you almost fall out of your chair. Although I did not always agree with him, I know he voted his conscience and for what was best for his constituents.

  4. Senator King,
    Thank you for your many years of dedication to the well being of the citizens of the Sunshine State. Thank You! And may our Lord bless you and keep you and all your family near and dear to all of us. Thank you again for all those votes where you placed truth and justice and fairness ahead of party and pride.