Andrew Breitbart's career
Conservative activist Andrew Breitbart, who was behind private investigations that led to the scandals surrounding former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner and former U.S. Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod, died in Los Angeles at age 43.
Breitbart helped launch the Huffington Post, whose founder, Arianna Huffington, issued a statement upon news of Breitbart's death: "I was asked many times this morning for my thoughts on what Andrew meant to the political world, but all I can think of at the moment is what Andrew meant to me as a friend, starting from when we worked together -- his passion, his exuberance, his fearlessness. And above all, what I'm thinking of at the moment is his amazing wife, Susie, and their four, beautiful, young children. My love and thoughts are with them right now."
Breitbart had been an editor at the Drudge Report website, founded by Matt Drudge. Upon hearing the news of Breitbart's death, Drudge posted: DEAR READER: In the first decade of the DRUDGEREPORT Andrew Breitbart was a constant source of energy, passion and commitment. We shared a love of headlines, a love of the news, an excitement about what's happening. I don't think there was a single day during that time when we did not flash each other or laugh with each other, or challenge each other. I still see him in my mind's eye in Venice Beach, the sunny day I met him. He was in his mid 20's. It was all there. He had a wonderful, loving family and we all feel great sadness for them today... MDRUDGE
According to CNN, the Tea Party Nation issued a statement on Breitbart's death, calling him an amazing patriot who relished fighting those who would destroy this great country.
Andrew Breitbart's websites featured a 2009 hidden-camera video produced by James O'Keefe III that brought embarrassment to the community group Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN. The videos show ACORN staffers offering advice on taxes and other issues to actors posing as a prostitute and pimp.
In the early moments of May 28, 2011, a blogger reported that Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) used his public Twitter account just hours earlier to send a lewd photo of himself to a woman. Weiner initially denied the report, but eventually he admitted to sending the photo to that woman and other sexual messages to several women before and after he was married. He faced demands to give up his House seat, including calls by top Democrats seeking an ethics investigation and resignation. Nearly a month after the scandal broke, he resigned.
Former U.S. Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod, who is black, was fired from her job as Georgia State rural development director in July 2010 over an edited video of what appeared to be a racist remark. She is seen telling a local NAACP group that she was initially reluctant to help a white farmer save his farm more than two decades ago, long before she worked for USDA. Missing from the clip was the rest of the speech, which was meant as a lesson in racial healing. Sherrod told the crowd she eventually realized her mistake and helped the farmer save his farm. She has since filed a lawsuit against Breitbart.