JUST IN: GOP Rep Jumps to His Death

A former Florida state Republican who was hailed as a “good and decent man” by his onetime Democratic opponent plunged to his death Monday from a highway overpass.

The Hillsborough County medical examiner ruled the death of Robert Wallace, 65, a suicide; his body was found lying on rocks near a Dale Mabry Highway overpass in the Tampa area, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

“He was a good and decent man,” Brian P. Rush, the 1994 incumbent who lost to Wallace despite outspending him, told the newspaper. “He had a different philosophy, but I could sense that he was honorable. He really wanted to be in public service.”

A witness told the medical examiner about seeing Wallace fall 40 to 50 feet before his body was found by responders after 7 p.m. Monday.

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