Former United States Senator Paul Simon died today.
Simon was a presidential candidate in 1988. That year I had the great pleasure to meet the Senator at a small party in Portland. He was born in Eugene, Oregon. He was a bow-tie wearing liberal who represented Illinois in the Senate and reminded many of Harry Truman. Simon was a tireless fighter for labor and other progressive causes.
Just this week Senator Simon endorsed Howard Dean for President. He made the endorsement from his hospital bed before undergoing surgery.