Larry Scanlon: A Progressive Battler

The progressive community lost one of its toughest and smartest fighters yesterday. Larry died in a car crash on a trip to Florida, and all of us who had the honor of being his friend will miss him greatly. Larry’s long tenure as political director of AFSCME brought them to a whole new level of political effectiveness. He was constantly innovating, constantly looking to be creative in how the union did its political work. He played a big role in the development, formation, and renewal of a whole series of organizations that have added to progressive infrastructure. He and I worked together on a series of projects in the 1990s and first decade of this century that made a big difference in

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