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Andrew Breitbart Talked Politics in L.A. Bar an Hour Before Dying
The Hollywood Reporter ^ | March 1 2012 | Matthew Belloni

Posted on 03/01/2012 4:00:00 PM PST by iowamark

Marketing executive Arthur Sando tells THR about his lengthy debate with the conservative activist at The Brentwood; they said goodbye around 11:30 p.m., 50 minutes before Breitbart was pronounced dead.

Andrew Breitbart spent his final hours much like he lived most of his life: passionately talking politics.

Breibart, the 43-year-old conservative pundit and provocateur who died suddenly early Thursday while walking near his Los Angeles home, had stopped into The Brentwood, a nearby bar and restaurant. There, he struck up a conversation with Arthur Sando, a marketing executive who didn't know Breitbart but likely was the last person to talk extensively with him before he died.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Sando says he arrived at the bar in the tony Brentwood section of L.A. around 10 p.m. and soon the empty seat next to his was filled by a man with a familiar face.

"I tried to figure out how I knew him," says Sando, a veteran publicity and marketing executive who has worked at CBS, King World Prods and Turner Broadcasting. "He was on his BlackBerry. And I said 'Andrew?' I told him I had seen his work."

Sando says the duo quickly struck up a conversation that would last a little less than two hours.

"He was friendly and engaging," Sando recalls. "I said, 'You can't be very happy with the slate of Republican candidates' and he said, 'Why would you say that?' I said, 'Well, they're talking about contraception,' and he said, 'The conversation is being framed by the liberal media.' I said, 'Well, the media isn't writing Rick Santorum’s speeches for him.' We had a back-and-forth for awhile until we said we weren’t going to agree on some things."

The friendly debate continued in the bar as Breitbart sipped red wine, says Sando. "We just hit it off, he was delightful. There were other people who sat down and joined the conversation."

Sando also mentioned that he hadn't seen Breitbart as a guest on HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher recently; Breitbart told Sando he enjoyed going on Maher's show because it taught him how to deal with a hostile audience and how to react when getting booed.

Breitbart had stopped in for a drink but wasn't there to meet anyone in particular, Sando says. Nor were there any signs of health or other problems.

"He wasn’t drinking excessively," Sando recalls. "He was on his BlackBerry a lot."

After the two hours, Breitbart said he was leaving. "We exchanged contact information," Sando says. "We were going to get together."

Sando says he was "shocked" to read Thursday morning that Breitbart, who had a history of heart problems, had collapsed while on a walk near his home in the same neighborhood as the bar. Breitbart was rushed to a hospital and pronounced dead at 12:19 a.m., according to Reuters, less than an hour after leaving The Brentwood.

The exact cause of death has not been revealed but initial reports said it was natural causes.

"There were no signs that anything was wrong," says Sando. "It's very sad."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: andrewbreitbart; arthursando; breitbart; sando
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1 posted on 03/01/2012 4:00:03 PM PST by iowamark
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To: iowamark

yes, it is very sad.


2 posted on 03/01/2012 4:02:18 PM PST by dalebert
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To: iowamark

This possibly explains why he was walking at midnight. It is better to walk to a nearby pub than to drink and drive.


3 posted on 03/01/2012 4:05:15 PM PST by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: iowamark

Boy. The Brentwood isn’t shy about overpricing for their food.

http://www.brentwoodrestaurant.com/menu/

I think it is great that Breitbart died with his boots on. Openly discussing Conservative politics in an obviously left wing place.


4 posted on 03/01/2012 4:07:46 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: iowamark

Tragic. You and your conservative passion will be missed, Andrew.

Prayers for your wife. children and family.


5 posted on 03/01/2012 4:08:06 PM PST by citizen (The Dims will all unite for Zero. We must soon unite behind our challenger and back him to victory!)
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To: iowamark

Dangerous for a guy like Breitbart. Bars can be very dangerous.


6 posted on 03/01/2012 4:11:04 PM PST by dforest
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To: forgotten man

Drank for 2 hours at the bar. Probably walked to and from the bar to avoid a DUI.


7 posted on 03/01/2012 4:11:42 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: iowamark

...didn’t have NEW info about OBAMA?


8 posted on 03/01/2012 4:12:42 PM PST by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: dforest

The Brentwood bar is in a very exclusive part of LA ... and one of the best parts of Brentwood Village. It is totally upscale.


9 posted on 03/01/2012 4:13:43 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: iowamark

“Sando also mentioned that he hadn’t seen Breitbart as a guest on HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher recently...”

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Not sure why AB would waste time talking with a liberal earwig who watchs smegma Maher, when he could be at home with his family.


10 posted on 03/01/2012 4:13:58 PM PST by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: Lazlo in PA

No wonder Andrew Breitbart had a heart attack. I just saw the prices on that menu.


11 posted on 03/01/2012 4:14:14 PM PST by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class!)
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To: Lazlo in PA

From everything Ive read today it sounds like he had a massive heart attack. Its great to know that even in Andrew’s final hours, he was happy and enjoying life. I have family who live in Brentwood, its a really nice place to live, maybe this was his normal routine, to take walks at night to clear his head. Andrew will always be remembered for his hard work and his zest for life. I will never forget him


12 posted on 03/01/2012 4:15:26 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: iowamark
Irreplaceable.
13 posted on 03/01/2012 4:15:44 PM PST by Tex-Con-Man (T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII 2012 - "Together, I Shall Ride You To Victory")
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To: iowamark

http://youtu.be/IxOl645y2Zg


14 posted on 03/01/2012 4:16:36 PM PST by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: reg45
No wonder Andrew Breitbart had a heart attack. I just saw the prices on that menu.

I would say that is typical for that area - in fact I'll call it very reasonable

15 posted on 03/01/2012 4:25:59 PM PST by Digger (If RINO is your selection then failure is your election)
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To: dalebert

Weird he posted all day on a blackberry and posted his last post on an ipad..


16 posted on 03/01/2012 4:26:46 PM PST by goseminoles
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To: Lazlo in PA

The late night menu isn’t too bad.

http://www.brentwoodrestaurant.com/pdf/brentwood_ln_menu.pdf


17 posted on 03/01/2012 4:26:48 PM PST by iowamark (The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves)
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To: iowamark

I saw that. Something tells me we would be shocked at the portion size of the late nite menu. This is a high roller joint for people who lead with their wallets. I doubt they even have a clue of the needless mark up.


18 posted on 03/01/2012 4:29:46 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: iowamark

“Breibart, the 43-year-old conservative pundit and provocateur...”

One man’s provocateur is another man’s activist.


19 posted on 03/01/2012 4:31:03 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Tex-Con-Man

“The graveyards are full of indispensable men.”
Charles de Gaulle


20 posted on 03/01/2012 4:32:37 PM PST by Colorado Cowgirl (God bless America!)
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To: Lazlo in PA

I don’t know what is more offensive, the prices or them calling a 20 oz. steak, a steak for two.


21 posted on 03/01/2012 4:33:19 PM PST by ConservativeTeen (Proud Right Wing Extremist)
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To: Lazlo in PA
"Boy. The Brentwood isn’t shy about overpricing for their food."

Meh. We pay prices like that in local pubs. Of course, our scenery around here is much more spectacular...

22 posted on 03/01/2012 4:34:08 PM PST by redhead (Alaska: Step out of the bus and into the food chain.)
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To: BunnySlippers
Drank for 2 hours at the bar. Probably walked to and from the bar to avoid a DUI.

Beg pardon.
The article says he sipped a glass or two of wine while engaged in a chat with the gentleman.
It also makes note that the place was within comfortable walking distance to his home.
IMO, your comment is very misleading and insulting to Mr. Breitbart.
If you can't say nothing good.....well you know the rest.

23 posted on 03/01/2012 4:35:00 PM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: Tainan

What article did you read?

Here’s the quote:

“Sando says the duo quickly struck up a conversation that would last a little less than two hours.”

Clearly Breitbart sat the the bar next to Sando and spoke with several at the bar. What’s your beef? Drinking for 2 hours is not unusual.

I work right down the street. Went to Marymount Catholic Girl’s school just blocks away for most of my childhood. I grew up in the area and know Brentwood and the Brentwood establishment well.

You are wildly off base!


24 posted on 03/01/2012 4:49:10 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: BunnySlippers

That isn’t what I am talking about. When someone wants to get you, they could do so in your own backyard.

Bad stuff doesn’t always happen in honky tonks.

I have no proof of anything, but I know many people threatened Breitbart daily.


25 posted on 03/01/2012 4:50:59 PM PST by dforest
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To: dalebert

Don’t people who have heart conditions normally take medication to control it? When people die of heart attacks, don’t the announcements of their deaths normally include the specific cause rather than the evasive term ‘’natural causes’’?

It’s easier for me to believe that the Reichstag fire in 1933 Germany was caused by Mrs. O’Leary’s cow than that a relatively young man who less than a month before had announced he was about to release explosive tapes featuring Barack Obama died of natural causes, or a heart attack, or anything less than foul play.

If it was an innocent heart attack, of course the tapes will still be released soon, as Andrew Breitbart would have wanted. We’ll see.


26 posted on 03/01/2012 4:51:18 PM PST by Bluestocking
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To: Tainan

When I heard about this, my first thought was to wonder if someone with an umbrella walked by him on his way home.

I’m still wondering.


27 posted on 03/01/2012 4:52:03 PM PST by womanvet (Santo thinks the fellow at the right hand of the Father asks Himself, "What would Ricky do?")
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To: womanvet
I hear ya. And now the "bomb scare" at Rushs' house.
My honest opinion about Andy is that it was natural causes. But hey...'Things that make ya go...Hmmmmm'
28 posted on 03/01/2012 4:56:07 PM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: womanvet

“When I heard about this, my first thought was to wonder if someone with an umbrella walked by him on his way home.

I’m still wondering.”

Why? Numerous people close to Breitbart said today he had a bad ticker.


29 posted on 03/01/2012 4:56:42 PM PST by lodi90
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To: iowamark

Not saying this is what caused his death but drinking alcohol can raise the Blood Pressure and if someone is already suffering from hypertension can possibly cause heart attack or stroke. Please check if you have high BP and get it under control. Its called ‘the silent killer’ for good reason.


30 posted on 03/01/2012 4:56:47 PM PST by tflabo (Truth or tyranny)
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To: Bluestocking

I’m with you on that.


31 posted on 03/01/2012 4:58:05 PM PST by dandiegirl
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To: iowamark
The friendly debate continued in the bar as Breitbart sipped red wine

There goes that theory on red wine...

32 posted on 03/01/2012 4:59:26 PM PST by garbanzo (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Those are typical prices at nice restaurants in big cities.


33 posted on 03/01/2012 5:02:50 PM PST by rabidralph
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To: Bluestocking
EPIC 'SMELL TEST' FAIL
34 posted on 03/01/2012 5:04:37 PM PST by Aevery_Freeman (Typed using <FONT STYLE=SARCASM> unless otherwise noted)
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To: goseminoles

Weird he posted all day on a blackberry and posted his last post on an ipad..


I missed the ipad thing. Where did that come from ?


35 posted on 03/01/2012 5:07:38 PM PST by maine yankee (I got my Governor at 'Marden's')
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To: rabidralph
Those are typical prices at nice restaurants in big Liberal cities.

There fixed it.

36 posted on 03/01/2012 5:12:09 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: BunnySlippers; Tainan

What I’d like to know is did anyone see him during the minutes preceding his collapse, and did they see any pedestrians or vehicles in the area at the time.


37 posted on 03/01/2012 5:12:26 PM PST by reasonisfaith (Or, more accurately---reason serves faith. See W.L. Craig, R. Zacharias, Erwin Lutzer, and others.)
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To: Bluestocking
Don’t people who have heart conditions normally take medication to control it? When people die of heart attacks, don’t the announcements of their deaths normally include the specific cause rather than the evasive term ‘’natural causes’’?

It depends on the type of heart condition. Many young people have died from sudden cardiac arrest because of heart rhythm problems caused by heart enlargement. However, if such a condition was known he should have had an implanted defibrillator. Medication can help, but not everyone can tolerate it or they forget to take it.

OTOH, if I'm in the Chicago mob and want to get rid of someone, I'd research their medical condition.

38 posted on 03/01/2012 5:15:52 PM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Bluestocking

“a relatively young man who less than a month before had announced he was about to release explosive tapes featuring Barack Obama”

Fatal heart attacks in 42 year old men is less than 1% probability.


39 posted on 03/01/2012 5:16:00 PM PST by reasonisfaith (Or, more accurately---reason serves faith. See W.L. Craig, R. Zacharias, Erwin Lutzer, and others.)
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To: iowamark

The Breitbart connection here seems to be that Rush got nervous today and took no chances when he had a suspicion. Why was he nervous if he believed Breitbart died of natural causes? This bomb scare is not necessarily a coincidence, but indicates that Rush was either paranoid or has honest reason to believe the Breitbart death was not caused by natural causes.


40 posted on 03/01/2012 5:16:29 PM PST by JediJones (Watch "Gingrich to Michigan: Change or Die" on YouTube. Best Speech Ever!)
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To: BunnySlippers
Geesh....

I've been in many a bar for over 2 hours..and had 2 beers.

You assume like plenty of other FReepers...much.

41 posted on 03/01/2012 5:19:14 PM PST by Osage Orange (Why do we eat Soylindra Green?)
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To: maine yankee

Twitter... it shows how one posts.. not a news issue, a personal observation.


42 posted on 03/01/2012 5:21:16 PM PST by goseminoles
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To: Lazlo in PA
Chicken Pot Pie, cream free, buttermilk biscuit 22.50

No wonder OJ moved out.

43 posted on 03/01/2012 5:21:48 PM PST by bmwcyle (I am ready to serve Jesus on Earth because the GOP failed again)
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To: Lazlo in PA

LOL! I stand corrected.


44 posted on 03/01/2012 5:24:10 PM PST by rabidralph
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To: BunnySlippers

It is easy to linger with a glass of wine for 2 hours while reading , watching a movie , or engaging in conversation . What’s your point ?


45 posted on 03/01/2012 5:24:51 PM PST by katykelly
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To: JediJones

Rush...a skeptic?

We can’t even imagine the pressures...

Still, where was AB’s security detail? Didn’t he have one?


46 posted on 03/01/2012 5:24:51 PM PST by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: bmwcyle

Six bucks for an order of french fries! I’d prefer to die too!


47 posted on 03/01/2012 5:25:15 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: BunnySlippers

Hey bunnyslippers. Long time, no talk. He was repeatedly harassed by Soros people. His twitter feed was done to show the attacks. He shared it all!! Neal can rot in hell... google twittergate.


48 posted on 03/01/2012 5:27:08 PM PST by goseminoles
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To: reasonisfaith

What I’ve read is “someone” called 911. Who? Have they been questioned? Are they a leftist?


49 posted on 03/01/2012 5:29:24 PM PST by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell)
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To: JediJones

Good heavens ! Do you even listen to Rush ?


50 posted on 03/01/2012 5:29:44 PM PST by katykelly
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