Roger Ailes, a former U.S. presidential adviser who started the Fox News Channel to promote a Republican agenda and built it into the most-watched U.S. cable news network before resigning amid sexual harassment allegations, has died. He was 77.
He died Thursday, the network said, citing a statement from his wife, Elizabeth Ailes. No cause was given.
“Roger was a loving husband to me, to his son Zachary, and a loyal friend to many,” his wife said in the statement, according to Fox News. “He was also a patriot, profoundly grateful to live in a country that gave him so much opportunity to work hard, to rise—and to give back.”
Both of former President George W. Bush’s daughters aren’t following the family’s Republican Party heritage.
Jenna Bush Hager, the younger of the Bush twins, is registered to New York’s Independence Party, according to a Daily News report Wednesday. The third party is much maligned in local politics for allegedly duping voters who meant to actually register as “independent.”
A spokeswoman for the daughter told the paper that Hager, a correspondent for NBC News, confirmed she made a mistake when she registered.
“Jenna registered to vote in New York soon after her daughter was born, and like all new moms, she was functioning on very little sleep. She mistakenly registered for the Independence Party,” said the spokeswoman.
The Daily News also reported that her twin sister, Barbara Pierce Bush, is registered to vote in Texas and is not affiliated with any political party.
The two Bush daughters’ voter registrations don’t come as a complete surprise, however. They told People magazine in 2010 that they didn’t embrace the U.S. political parties.
“I don’t really label myself as Republican or Democrat,” said Bush.
“We’re both very independent thinkers,” added Hager.