Fair-minded statesman


Posted: Sunday, March 11, 2001

This is truly a sad day for Alaska. Hugh Malone was one of the finest legislators in the state's short history. Not only was he a brilliant conceptual thinker, he was a statesman of the highest order.

I don't believe he ever thought of himself or his own political future while he was in public office. If it wasn't going to be good for the state of Alaska, it wasn't good legislation.

He was one of the brightest of the "sunshine boys" who dominated the Legislature in the 1970s and 1980s. Not only was he a unique force in the Democratic Legislature, he was fair-minded about all legislation - he knew how to play the game but he got a law passed no matter who proposed it if it was good for the state. It was always a pleasure to visit with him, although in the past few years he remained the quiet, elusive figure he had always been.

It was a privilege to serve in the Alaska House of Representatives with him. There is no one to fill the void he has left. I shall miss him. My deepest sympathy to his family and friends.

Margaret Branson, Seward

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