March 1, 2012
Conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart speaks at a Tea Party rally in Cleveland, Ohio in this 2011 file photo.
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Breitbart thrust Albany native Shirley Sherrod into the national spotlight with comments on his blog last year
Conservative media publisher and activist Andrew Breitbart, a firebrand who was embraced by anti-tax, conservative tea partiers and reviled by liberals for his Internet investigations that brought down politicians and chastised mainstream journalism, died Thursday at age 43.