For Immediate Release
Mary Boyle, (202) 736-5770
Statement of Common Cause President Bob Edgar on Death of Sen. Kennedy
WASHINGTON - Like many others, we at Common Cause are saddened by the death of Sen. Kennedy, and offer our condolences to the Kennedy family.
Sen. Kennedy will be remembered for his many gifts, attributes and accomplishments. At Common Cause, we mourn the passing of an outstanding legislator who had the unique and increasingly rare ability work across party lines and build consensus for the common good.
Sen. Kennedy resisted the closed-door partisanship that has come to characterize Washington DC in recent years. Even as the leader of the liberal wing of the Democratic Party, he was able to build bipartisan coalitions and make progress on difficult issues, such as health care. That is one of his many legacies, and one that will be greatly missed at a time when it is perhaps needed most.
Common Cause is a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy organization founded in 1970 by John Gardner as a vehicle for citizens to make their voices heard in the political process and to hold their elected leaders accountable to the public interest.