GOP powerbroker in Pennsylvania found dead in river

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 3, 2017 8:52 AM

Fred Anton (Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association).

(Philadelphia) -- A Pennsylvania Republican powerbroker has been found dead in the Delaware River.

Police recovered the body of 83-year-old Fred Anton of Philadelphia yesterday, one day after he was reported missing.

The medical examiner is trying to determine how he died.

Police said the leader of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association was suffering from undisclosed medical issues and depression.

Former Governor Ed Rendell says at his peak, Anton could make or kill a bill if he wanted to do it.

Anton worked on Rendell's transition when he was elected Philadelphia mayor in 1991.

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