Thursday, June 04, 2009

Congressman Frank Harrison RIP

In the upheaval that followed Dan Flood's indictment and resignation in 1980 Frank Harrison was the 3rd person to win election to Congress to represent the PA 11th District following Ray Musto and Jim Nelligan. He lost the Democratic primary to Paul Kanjorski in 1984 who has been there ever since.

The local papers have obits.

Ex-Congressman mourned

Former Congressman Harrison dies

Congressman Kanjorski had this message:

“As we mourn the loss of Congressman Frank Harrison, I pass along my thoughts and prayers to his family and friends. Frank and I knew each other as college debaters. Since first meeting him, and throughout our professional careers, I have always respected Frank for his strong intellectual abilities. After his political career, he joined the classroom as a college professor where he benefited the education and lives of many students. He will be missed.”

Jim Nelligan:

“Frank was a very viable and tough opponent; a very bright guy,” Nelligan said. “I would like to offer my sincere condolences to his family.”

The best tribute to Frank Harrison and a recap of those turbulent times comes from our local political historian David Yonki:

Frank Harrison

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Kanjo is such an asshole, his attack adds against Harrison were unfounded.

Harrison was set to follow Dan Flood's footsteps as a leader on Latin American issues but not any more.