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Emil Franzi: Local political legend dies at 78

'Cranky cowboy' was 'living encyclopedia of local politics'

Outspoken conservative commentator Emil Franzi, a "living encyclopedia of local politics," died Wednesday. His frame had been weathered by cancer, but the curmudgeonly political operative, columnist and talk show host kept his opinions flowing strong. "You might not agree with him, but you had to listen," said radio talker John C. Scott.

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Jun 7, 2017, 8:35 pm
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Very good summary.

He was always a bit caustic, and took no prisoners.  I thoroughly enjoyed when he got on a roll about some issue or some politician

RIP, Emil

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Jun 7, 2017, 9:24 pm
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It didn’t happen often enough, but I quite enjoyed the times Franzi had me on his show to kick around the issues. You might disagree with his take on something, but there was never any denying that he truly gave a damn.

RIP, Emil, you cantankerous git. I’m sure you’re knocking back a few whiskies with some other of our departed friends. Thanks for your incisive thinking, cutting wit and love for strays.

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Jun 8, 2017, 3:56 pm
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Wonderful tribute, Dylan.

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Jun 8, 2017, 4:02 pm
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Thanks much, AJ!

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Jun 9, 2017, 9:22 pm
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It was always a pure joy to call into his radio program.The dialogues were respectful end elevating. One of the things I miss about living in a community like Tucson.

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