Historians and philosophers usually agree with a statement made by John Buchan, a former Governor General of Canada: that “public life is to be regarded as the crown of a career. politics is still the greatest and the most honorable adventure.”
We herald the end of an era exemplified by an honorable member of our community, Senator Frank Padavan. The signers of this letter predict the senator will find a new avenue in pursuit of furthering his adventures as a statesman in the mold of some of our former presidents and retired congressional leaders.
Those of us who know Frank have the highest regard for his forthrightness; unequivocal position on issues that he felt were important to his constituency; and his fearlessness and courage in representing a secondary political party surrounded by a vast sea of opposition.
Time and time again Frank Padavan managed to convince the citizens of his senatorial district that they should keep him in office. What was the magic formula he employed so successfully for 38 productive years?
Undoubtedly he performed a service that was compatible to the majority of voters no matter what political spectrum or venue they represented. His office was open to citizens of every persuasion, ethnicity or partisanship.
He was indeed a “man of the people.”
Frank Padavan was ubiquitous in his endeavors to meet the residents of his district no matter what circumstances prevailed. Losing this last election was a sad moment for those who knew Frank so well. Those of us who were the beneficiaries of his parental concern wonder what the future will hold for him.
Many, who were the recipients of his earmarks, fear that life will not be the same without Frank as their source of security and comfort.
Our senator will prevail and further his contributions to the common good. His years of experience as an advocate for the people will not be forgotten and will, hopefully, continue in his soon-to-be role as a Politician Emeritus ad Infinitum.
We want to extend our gratitude for the 38 years of dedicate and devotion Frank Padavan rendered to his community and offer our personal thanks for the privilege of having worked with Frank an benefitted from his concern, which he displayed so well for his entire constituency.
Ralph and Barbara Barba, Bill Bart, Bernie and Carolyn Karoff, Bryan and Theresa Kiernan, Barbara Leonardi, Barbara Rehnen, Geraldine Spinella, and Chet and Marion Szareiko.