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Washington politicians pay tribute to Gov. Rosellini
Posted by Jim Brunner
The death of Gov. Al Rosellini is being mourned today by the many prominent Washington politicians who regarded the two-term Democratic governor as a mentor. (See news obituary about Rosellini, who died this morning at age 101, here.)
The tributes are rolling in quickly.
Gov. Chris Gregoire said in a statement that Washington "lost one of its brightest stars today," calling Rosellini "a tireless leader who changed the state for the better in countless ways. My heart goes out to his family on this day of incredible loss."
"From the state's diverse economy to the bridge across Lake Washington that shares his name, Governor Rosellini's legacy and the state we cherish are in many ways one in the same. Incredible as his accomplishments in office may have been, Governor Rosellini was so much more than his record. He was a trusted mentor and beloved friend, and the countless lives he touched, including mine, may be his greatest legacy. I cherished the time we spent together.
"I called on Governor Rosellini for ideas, advice and, more than a few times, a good laugh. He offered all three with equal insight and enthusiasm at 101 years old. The rose he wore on his lapel to help people pronounce his name illustrated some of his traits I most admired: practical with a dash of charisma and a bit of fun thrown in for good measure. He was a dear friend who I will forever remember as 'The Gov.'"
Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash, said in a statement she was "deeply saddened."
"Governor Rosellini didn't just serve the public on his own, he also gave so much of his time and energy to support others who wanted to get involved in government. He was one of the first ones in my corner when I got into politics, and I know there are countless others across our state who benefitted from his advice and support over the years.
"So the legacy Governor Rosellini leaves is not just in the state that he played such an important role in building, but it is also preserved through the men and women he boosted and supported who will continue building on his great work for Washington state families and communities."
Mourning the "tremendous loss for the Washington," Secretary of State Sam Reed said in a statement: "It's been a privilege knowing Al. I first met him when he was still Governor. Al was very charming and affable. He gave me a lot of encouragement throughout my career, especially during my years as Secretary of State. He will be greatly missed."
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