As Pet mentioned in the morning readings, Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-OH) was hospitalized yesterday. Details about her health problems were not immediately released, but Think Progress reports that the congresswoman "reportedly suffered an aneurysm last night 'and is not expected to recover, according to CBS affiliate WOIO in Cleveland.' Jones is on life support in a Cleveland hospital, though her office did not confirm this fact. Jones was elected in 1998, becoming the first black woman to represent Ohio."

I'm having a real blubby moment here. I like her a whole lot. She's Judge Tubbs, for crying out loud. This sucks.

Thanks to Shaker Constant Comment for the heads-up.

UPDATE: According to NPR, Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones has died. I'm looking for confirmation. Blub.

UPDATE 2: CNN is now also reporting that she has died. RIP Rep. Tubbs Jones. Would that every member of Congress were like you. Dammit, I feel absolutely deflated.

I guess it's too much for which to hope that she's got a grandson waiting in the wings like the brilliant Julia Carson did. And why the fuck do I feel like I'm always writing obituaries for congresswomen who I admire? Fuck.

UPDATE 3: Now reports say she is still on life support.

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