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dmr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-19-09 01:52 AM
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1. So very sad
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Simpson, who was serving his second term as the 65th District representative, was last elected in November 2008.

The former owner of Poppa's Place Restaurant in Brooklyn and the Pizza Factory in Hillsdale first ran for a major office in 2002. He campaigned hard on a populist platform that called for scaling back America's overseas commitments and reforming health care.

The health-care reform issue hit close to home. His daughter Gina died of bone cancer in 1994 at age 16. At the time, Simpson was self-employed. He had purchased insurance, but medical bills swamped the family's finances.

"Health care in general is a major issue to me," Simpson said in 2002. "No family in America should have to worry financially about a medical emergency."

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