Congressman Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., is commenting on and confirming the death of longtime broadcaster Ed Schultz. In the 1990s, Schultz transitioned to radio and served as host of a conservative talk show.
However, he later said his views changed and he became a Democrat. "Nobody is going to tell Ed Schultz what to say", he said in a 2016 interview.
Ed Schultz, the liberal firebrand and former MSNBC host who most recently anchored a show for a Russian-funded media organization, died on Thursday.
The Kremlin-backed RT is frequently criticized as state propaganda and was forced to register as a "foreign agent" by the Justice Department past year.
Schultz is perhaps best known to TV audiences for his long-running MSNBC series The Ed Show, which first launched in 2009.
Schultz's move to RT America was not without controversy, either. "When the campaign against RT America began and the channel was forced to register as a foreign agent, Ed set an example for all of us, saying: 'Let them call me what they want, I am going to speak the truth no matter what'". In 1977, he led NCAA Division II in passing while quarterback at Minnesota State University-Moorhead.
America, where Schultz was working at the time of his death, confirmed the news Thursday afternoon.
He is survived by his Wendy Schultz and their six children.