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RIP, Kelly Fero

Sad news.

Democratic political consultant Kelly Fero died this afternoon at his home in Austin. Details weren’t immediately available.

Fero was best known as an Austin-based consultant to John Sharp, Tony Sanchez, the late Jim Mattox and many, many others. He was a talented writer, a top-notch researcher, and had a repuation for smashmouth quotes and sharp elbows that earned him strong friends and strong enemies.


The Austin American-Statesman profiled him in 2008. And blogger and fellow consultant Nate Wilcox did a long interview with Fero later that same year.

He leaves a wife, Mary, two daughters, and three grandchildren.

I never met the man, but I corresponded with him quite a bit via email, and spoke to him on the phone several times. I liked him and respected his work. My sincere condolences to his family and friends. Rest in peace, Kelly Fero.

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  1. Kimmy says:

    Only hours between symptoms and death.
    That’s both tragic and scary.

  2. Noah Horwitz says:


    Do you know who the Vice-Mayor Pro Tem is?