Rep. Ed Royce on Hugo Chavez: ‘Good riddance to this dictator’!/jbendery/status/309076251686100993

US House Foreign Affairs chairman @repedroyce does not mince words in reax to #Chavez death: “Good riddance to this dictator.”

— MichaelMathes (@MichaelMathes) March 5, 2013

We’re relieved that the U.S. Department of State has officially distanced itself from Dennis Rodman, “private citizen” and good pal of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. That still leaves the troubling problem of Rep. Jose Serrano, who is not a private citizen and who quickly tweeted his praise of “Mr. President” Hugo Chavez on hearing of his death today.

Fortunately, Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, was able to find just the right words to mark the occasion of Chavez’ death.

Chairman @repedroyce: “Good riddance to this dictator.” READ: #Chavez

— Foreign Affairs Cmte (@HFACrepublicans) March 5, 2013

Hugo Chavez was a tyrant who forced the people of Venezuela to live in fear. His death dents the alliance of anti-U.S. leftist leaders in South America. Good riddance to this dictator.

Venezuela once had a strong democratic tradition and was close to the United States. Chavez’s death sets the stage for fresh elections. While not guaranteed, closer U.S. relations with his key country in our Hemisphere are now possible.

House Foreign Affairs Cmte chair Ed Royce: Hugo Chavez was a tyrant who forced the people of Venezuela to live in fear.

— Jesse Rodriguez (@JesseRodriguez) March 5, 2013

Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif. on Hugo Chavez death on “Special Report”: “It’s a blow to socialism. It’s also a blow to Iran.”

— Jeff Poor (@jeff_poor) March 5, 2013

Sky News now, Congressman Ed Royce: “#Chavez was popular in the same way that Adolf Hitler was popular with some sections of society…” ??!

— Harriet Alexander (@h_alexander) March 5, 2013

@hfacrepublicans @repedroyce Thank you Rep. Royce, you have more than countered Rep. Serrano’s mourning tweet for Chavez.

— Leah Christie (@LeahMChristie) March 5, 2013

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