Last week marked a sad anniversary at The Concord Coalition. On Jan. 18, 1997, former U.S. senator and Concord Coalition co-founder Paul E. Tsongas passed away.
Twenty years later, his example and vision continue to guide us.
Upon his death, The Concord Coalition issued a statement about him and his legacy that we republish below.
"The death of Paul Tsongas will be deeply felt by every member of The Concord Coalition family. His leadership inspired many of us first in his 1992 presidential campaign, and later as co-founder of The Concord Coalition. He represented the best qualities in leadership - integrity, courage, commitment, compassion, and the good grace to take himself less seriously than the policies he advocated.
"With his death, some will inevitably wonder whether the work of The Concord Coalition will go on. But no one who had the privilege of knowing Paul Tsongas could have any doubt as to the answer. Of course it will.
"Paul Tsongas often spoke of legacies. To him, the work of The Concord Coalition went well beyond the tactical goal of balancing the federal budget. He was much more...