A farewell to power: Thomas Rooney

A farewell to power: Thomas Rooney
Thomas Rooney: ‘Being extreme is not just in vogue, it’s necessary for your own survival’ Picture: Fergal Phillips

US congressman Thomas Rooney is quitting politics. In an exclusive interview, the Floridian holds forth on the waning appeal of centrism, the loneliness of life in the US capital and his political mentor Seamus Mallon

Sitting in the opulent drawing rooms of the Merrion Hotel in Dublin, Thomas Rooney, a tall and imposing United States congressman, appears downbeat and deflated. In his southern Floridian drawl, the unshaven Rooney is explaining why he’s giving up on politics after a decade in Washington DC.

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