A slew of politicians have praised the late Gerry Studds; here are a few that made it in the news:

“Gerry’s leadership changed Massachusetts forever and we’ll never forget him. His work on behalf of our fishing industry and the protection of our waters has guided the fishing industry into the future and ensured that generations to come will have the opportunity to love and learn from the sea. He was a steward of the oceans.”

– U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass.

“Gerry was a stalwart champion of New England’s fishing families as well as a committed environmentalist who worked hard to demonstrate that the cause of working people and the cause of the environment go hand in hand with the right leadership. When he retired from Congress, he did not retire from the cause, continuing to fight for the fishing industry and New England’s environmental causes.

– U.S. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.

“I am very saddened by the death of Gerry Studds. From his days in the early 1970s as an articulate and effective opponent of the Vietnam war, through his consistent leadership on environmental issues, to his insistence that the U.S. government stop ignoring the AIDS crisis, Gerry was a forceful advocate for causes that were not always popular and that were consequently shunned by many politicians.”

– U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass.

Last week I wrote about Olbermann bashing Corey Lidle moments after his death was confirmed, so I am not asking for Studds to be berated. However, is it really neccessary to write he was an “advocate for causes that were not always popular” or “no one fought harder for human rights”? Let’s not forget, this guy had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old boy.

Funny how John Kerry praises Studds, yet finds time to include Foley in his whine about Republicans.

Noel Sheppard has a must-read piece on the media’s double standard between Mark Foley and Gerry Studds.