The Chicago Sun Times reported today that “Robert Novak has announced his immediate retirement following the diagnosis of a brain tumor, a prognosis the Sun-Times’ political columnist describes as “dire.””
“The details are being worked out with the doctors this week, but the tentative plan is for radiation and chemotherapy,” Novak said.
Novak had announced on July 28, that he had been diagnosed with a brain tumor the day before. On July 23, Novak hit a pedestrian in Washington, D.C. — it has not been determined if the accident was related to the brain tumor. The Caucus has more. Novak has had a long career that has spanned decades.
The WaPo notes that Novak “has been diagnosed with cancer at least three times.”
He underwent surgery in 2003 to remove a cancerous growth on his kidney and was under medical observation for a possible recurrence.
Novak’s been a player on the Hill for a very long time and he’s influenced American politics, good, bad or indifferent for decades. Those who follow his column will not doubt miss his input. Best wishes to Mr. Novak and his family…