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A moderate man

Posted: August 10, 2010 4:55 a.m.
Updated: August 10, 2010 4:55 a.m.

I was very sad to hear about Keith Richman's passing. He had a great reputation of being a reasonable man who could work across the aisle and refused to be a rigid ideologue.

He was an original and strong supporter of "clean money," or public campaign financing. He and I spoke several times about his awareness of how corrupting Big Money was in politics and how the only way to temper it was with a public option.

While we disagreed on some issues, I always felt he was someone who was an independent thinker and came to his positions ethically. I know some in his party vilified him for these qualities, preferring to have the stalemate we now have in Sacramento than to engage in the "art of politics" - which is, of course, compromise.

As long as the minority party has the two-third's weapon, they are winning the Grover Norquest quest to "shrink government so small you can drown it in the bathtub." Do people who subscribe to this ideology ever think about what our life will be like with no government? I think it's called anarchy.

At any rate, I am sorry to hear of Richman's passing. He was a moderate, temperate man.


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