Life is Grace

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do/ with your one wild and precious life?” (Mary Oliver)

There are a few things in my life of which I am immensely proud–and being a part of Senator Paul Wellstone’s 2002 campaign staff is one of them. He died in a plane crash near Eveleth, MN, on this date in 2002. His last act as a US Senator was to vote against the Iraq War.This is a repost of an earlier post from 2006.

Life is Grace

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Politics is not about money or power games, or winning for the sake of winning. Politics is about the improvement of people’s lives, lessening human suffering, advancing the cause of peace and justice in our country and in the world.
–Paul Wellstone

On the morning of October 25, 2002, a small plane went down in the sleet and bitter cold of northern Minnesota, crashing into the swampy, densely forested earth only a few miles from the Eveleth Airport. There were no survivors. Among the dead were U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone and his wife Sheila.

I don’t represent the big oil companies, I don’t represent the big pharmaceutical companies, I don’t represent the Enrons of the world, but you know what, they already have great representation in Washington. It’s the rest of the people that need it. I represent the people of Minnesota.
–Paul Wellstone

I loved him. And four years…

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