Pundit and patriot

Len Bergstein, a poltical consultant and one of the most knowledgeable people ever about Oregon politics, has died at the age of 76. I didn't know him well, but I had been in a few settings with him beginning way back in the early '80s. I was even on TV with him once, on the night Obama was elected President. I always came away impressed.

For all he knew about the way things really work around here, I never saw Bergstein lord it over anyone. He was genuine and humble as much as he was smart. He devoted time to local causes and worked to make the state, and particularly Portland, a better place. I'm sure his clients paid him well for his advice, but at heart I think he belonged to the public more than to the politicians.

Bergstein retired a few years ago, but his absence won't really be felt until now. Election Night will never be the same. Condolences to his loved ones.


  1. Co-sign this, Jack, A good man with a sense of humor -- and so aware of his political surroundings.


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