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In this photo provided by Miraflores Presidential Press Office, Venezuela In this photo provided by Miraflores Presidential Press Office, Venezuela's Vice-President Nicolas Maduro, center, delivers a speech during a visit to "Fama de America" government-run coffee plant in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Miraflores Presidential Press Office)  

US congressman praises Chavez in tweet

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      Jamie Weinstein

      Jamie Weinstein is Senior Editor of The Daily Caller. His work has appeared in The Weekly Standard, the New York Daily News and The Washington Examiner, among many other publications. He also worked as the Collegiate Network Journalism Fellow at Roll Call Newspaper and is the winner of the 2011 "Funniest Celebrity in Washington" contest. A regular on Fox News and other cable news outlets, Weinstein received a master’s degree in the history of international relations from the London School of Economics in 2009 and a bachelor's degree in history and government from Cornell University in 2006. He is the author of the political satire, "The Lizard King: The Shocking Inside Account of Obama's True Intergalactic Ambitions by an Anonymous White House Staffer."

New York Democratic Rep. Jose Serrano wasted no time lavishing praise on Hugo Chavez in the aftermath of the Venezuelan leader’s death Tuesday.

“Hugo Chavez was a leader that understood the needs of the poor,” Serrano tweeted. “He was committed to empowering the powerless. R.I.P. Mr. President.”

Chavez’s death was announced by Venezuelan Vice President Nicholas Maduro.

Chavez, who led the South American country since 1999, had been widely criticized by human rights activists for clamping down on civil liberties and the press over his tenure in office.

Freedom House, for instance, rates the country as only “partly free” in its latest “Freedom in the World” report.

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