Common Cause President, Bob Edgar, dies at 69

(Common Cause/Associated Press) On April 23, Common Cause President and CEO Robert Edgar died in his home at the age of 69. Former U.S. representative of Pennsylvania, he was an ordained United Methodist minister who was elected as one of the “Watergate baby” reformers in 1974 and during six terms was a relentless critic of patronage and corruption. For the past 5 years he served as President of Common Cause, a nonpartisan public interest organization in Washington that advocates tighter regulation of campaign money, among other reforms.

President and CEO of the NAACP, Ben Jealous said:

“Bob was a hero. He devoted his life to advancing the cause of good government. He knew that the best way to protect any of our rights is to protect our basic democratic rights. He fought passionately for every American to have an equal voice and an equal chance to participate in our democracy. Bob was a great friend to the NAACP and to all organizations fighting for social justice.”

Common Cause released a statement of their own as they reflected on their recently deceased President,

“The Common Cause family is grieving the loss of our president and CEO, Bob Edgar. Bob, who was 69, died suddenly at his home early Tuesday in Northern Virginia. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Merle, and sons Andrew, David and Rob, and their families. The outpouring of support for Bob has been nothing short of what Bob deserved, and we thank you. Bob was an inspiring and tireless leader and fighter for social justice and democracy, and we will miss him.”

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