Sunday, October 14, 2018

Wellstone Memorial

Paul David Wellstone (July 21, 1944 – October 25, 2002) was an American academicauthor, and politician who represented Minnesota in the United States Senate from 1991 until he was killed in a plane crash in Eveleth, Minnesota, in 2002. A member of the Democratic Farmer-Labor Party, Wellstone was a leader of the progressive wing of the national Democratic Party.

On October 25, 2002, Wellstone, along with seven others, died in an airplane crash in northern Minnesota, at 10:22 a.m. He was 58 years old. The other victims were his wife, Sheila; one of his three children, Marcia; the two pilots, and campaign staffers Mary McEfoy, Tom Lapic and Will McLaughlin. The airplane was en route to Eveleth, where Wellstone was to attend the funeral of Martin Rukavina, a steelworker whose son Tom Rukavina served in the Minnesota House of Representatives. Wellstone decided to go to the funeral instead of a rally and fundraiser in Minneapolis attended by Mondale and fellow Senator Ted Kennedy. He was to debate Norm Coleman in Duluth, Minnesota, that same night.
(Credit: Wikipedia)

Beloved by many, his absence is still sorely missed in the political arena.

More Wellstone quotes:A politics that is not sensitive to the concerns and circumstances of people's lives, a politics that does not speak to and include people, is an intellectually arrogant politics that deserves to fail.

We all do better, when we all do better.


  1. Mr Wellstone would be much appreciated in these days of turmoil Kate, they were all too young to go this way ✨
    P.s. believe me I absolutely agree about auto correct, such a nuisance!

  2. We could use him in this day and age.

  3. I remember Senator Wellstone. He would be greatly appreciated in today's world.

  4. He was a great loss, and I agree with Grace's comment.

  5. Gosh! Familiar name. I'd forgotten the details, though.

  6. I like the last quote.

  7. I recognized the name but forgot the story. There were a good many like him that we could use today. It seems that bullying and self interest have become a national sport.


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