Paul Wellstone's legacy, 10 years after plane crash
ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -
10 years ago this month, Sen. Paul Wellstone was killed in a plane crash near Eveleth, Minn. It was a moment that shook many Minnesotans.
Wednesday evening, Wellstone Action will honor Paul's legacy at an event at Macalester College.
His green bus became famous as he took to the road in 1990 running for U.S. Senate against incumbent Rudy Boschwitz. It was as though the Minnesota DFL party said, "Let's nominate this Wellstone fellow because we don't have a chance of winning."
A political science professor at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., Wellstone focused on questions of economic justice and poverty and was heavily involved in local community organizing projects.
Although outspent 7:1 (back in 1990) by the Boschwitz campaign, the green bus and Wellstone never stopped campaigning among the people and eventually he won the seat.