On Oct. 25, 2002, incumbent U.S. Democrat Senator from Minnesota Paul Wellstone was campaigning for a third term when he died in a plane crash. The crash occurred just 11 days before the election, and 58-year-old Wellstone was ahead in the polls.
His seat went to his Republican Party rival, and that tipped the scales for a GOP majority in the U.S. Senate.
Wellstone was one of the last spirited anti-war progressive populists on the scene. He opposed the first Gulf War in 1991 and, in the months before his death, spoke out and voted against the government’s threats to go to war with Iraq again.
Cui Bono?The death — or, as we suggest, the assassination — of Wellstone removed a key obstacle for the Crime Syndicate to steamroll yet more tax cuts through for the rich, unending bankers’ wars and a never-seen-before boom for the military/security-industrial complex. Persons like him are now missing in action in the Crime Syndicate takeover of America.
Wellstone had been one of only eight members of the Senate to vote against the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act in 1999. Just eight days prior to his death, on Oct. 17, the maverick senator introduced the Consumer Shareholder Protection Act (SB 3143) that posed more challenges to banksters.
He opposed the Patriot Act. He was a longtime critic of the CIA and covert operations. He’d been a constant thorn in the side of President George H. W. Bush, who, responding to the junior senator’s uncomfortable questions at a reception asked, “Who is this chickenshit?”...........https://www.winterwatch.net/2019/01/the-assassination-of-us-sen-paul-wellstone-one-of-the-last-anti-war-populist-progressives/