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Pioneer of hard-nosed US politics, Tom Ellis, dies at 97

RALEIGH (AP) A storied conservative political operative and central adviser to former Republican U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms has died. U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle said July 13 that 97-year-old Tom Ellis of Raleigh, North Carolina, died July 12. Boyle is Ellis' son-in-law. Ellis was a lawyer who encouraged Helms to exploit the name recognition he'd built as a ...

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