And he passed on AS an Independent … The GOP let Jeffords wave buh-bye. The party left him.
Thom Hartmann had some interesting things to reveal! (And a Vermonter, sigh, but Bernie covers all ills.)
Jeffords had always been a Rhino (surprisingly thick on the ground up here in New England); in fact our wise and politically active Gramma Bea … if one has thoughts that our souls return, or somehow meet again after death … I can count on her giving him all kinds of hell in the proverbial 'meeting again' phase.
It's hard to imagine a more principled New Englander member of Congress than Jeffords. He was a dying breed: men and women who serve their country well and can see both sides.
From The Washington Post.
James M. Jeffords, the maverick Vermont politician who in 2001 gave Democrats a short-lived majority in the U.S. Senate when he left the Republican Party and declared himself an independent, died Aug. 18 at a retirement residence in Washington. He was 80.
Diane Derby, a former aide, confirmed his death but said she did not know the immediate cause. Mr. Jeffords declined to seek reelection to the Senate in 2006, citing his wife’s and his own declining health, and was succeeded by Bernie Sanders, his state’s longtime representative-at-large, who also is an independent.
A former Vermont state senator and attorney general, Mr. Jeffords served seven terms in the U.S. House of Representatives before winning election to the Senate in 1988. He established himself as a moderate-to-liberal Republican, a reflection of his state’s political tendencies, and frequently voted with Democrats on matters such as health care, taxes, abortion, gay rights, gun control and the environment.
He was but 80 years old to have touched the number of people Jeffords did.