Senator Paul Wellstone (July 21, 1944 – October 25, 2002)

Anti-war Senator Paul Wellstone dies in plane crash .


Anti-war senator Wellstone dies in plane crash Friday .

Wellstone, a 58-year-old former college professor and one of the foremost liberals on Capitol Hill, was flying to Virginia, Minn., to attend the funeral of Martin Rukavina, father of Minnesota state Sen. Tom Rukavina.

Wellstone was with his wife, Sheila, who was at his side every step of his political career. His daughter, Marcia, also died in the crash. Wellstone also had two sons, David, 37, and Mark, 30, and six grandchildren.

Also killed in the crash were Wellstone campaign aides Will McLaughlin, Tom Lapic and Mary McEvoy and pilots Richard Conry and Michael Guess.

Wellstone's death threw the battle for the Senate into uncharted territory. The crash came just 11 days before the election.

Before Friday, Democrats held control by a single seat. Wellstone was up against Republican Norm Coleman, a former mayor of St. Paul and President Bush's choice to challenge the two-term incumbent. Coleman, who was scheduled to debate Wellstone on Friday night, immediately suspended campaign activities.

Wellstone cast his vote earlier this month against legislation to authorize the use of force in Iraq -- the only Democrat facing a tough re-election to go against Bush on the issue.

Mr Bush personally intervened to anoint Wellstone's challenger, Norm Coleman, and has visited the state three times to campaign on his behalf.

From his ranch in Crawford, Texas, the president offered "prayers and heartfelt sympathy" to the Wellstone family and the families of the other people who died in the crash.

President Bush called Wellstone "a man of deep convictions. "He was a plainspoken fellow who did his best for his state and for his country," the president said. "May the good Lord bless those who grieve."

Wellstone stunned the political establishment by upsetting Republican Sen. Rudy Boschwitz in 1990. Afterward, left-leaning Mother Jones magazine called him "the first 1960s radical elected to the U.S. Senate."

Two years ago, Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan , his son and an aide were killed in a crash three weeks before Election Day as he campaigned for the Senate. His name remained on the ballot and he beat Republican Sen. John Ashcroft . (compiled from other articles)

Born July 21, 1944 *
Has three children, six grandchildren *
Elected to U.S. Senate in 1990, re-elected in 1996 *
Was student and wrestler at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill *
Married wife, Sheila, in 1963 *
Earned doctorate in political science in 1970 *
Taught at Carleton College for 21 years
Agriculture *
Health, Education, Labor and Pension *
Foreign Relations *
Small Business *
Indian Affairs *
Veterans' Affairs
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Comment by truth on March 12, 2017 at 4:00pm

cia tech brought plane down?

Comment by Central Scrutinizer on June 27, 2013 at 1:13am

No it was not, the plane, a twin-engine Beechcraft King Air A100, was apparently in good condition when it hit the ground and exploded into flames about two miles from the Eveleth-Virginia airport in the Minnesota iron range. The Beechcraft model has an excellent safety record, with only two fatal crashes—both in December 1997—in the past six years. Debris recovered from the crash site includes both the plane’s engines, which suffered blade damage, suggesting that the engines were running when the plane crashed

Comment by mountain19 on June 26, 2013 at 10:57pm

was this flight 800?

Comment by truth on June 20, 2013 at 3:09pm

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Comment by truth on October 29, 2012 at 10:19am

Paul Wellstone: Tenth Anniversary of His Assassination

Stephen Lendman, Contributor
Activist Post

October 25 marked the 10th anniversary of Wellstone's death. Was it accidental or an assassination to silence a sadly missed principled voice? Convincing evidence suggests foul play. More on that below.

On October 25, 2002, The New York Times headlined "Minnesota Senator Is Among 8 Dead in Crash," saying:

Wellstone "was killed today when his campaign plane crashed approaching a small airport in a wooded region in the northern part of his state."

Campaigning for a third term, he "perished along with seven other people when the chartered King Air A100 went down near Eveleth around 10:20 a.m. Central Time, the Federal Aviation Administration reported."

Weather conditions weren't abnormal. Light rain mixed with snow was reported. Flights without incident occur normally under these and harsher conditions. Wellstone perished with his wife, one child, three staff members, and two highly experienced pilots...



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