I have not always agreed with Sam Crawford, but I never questioned that he had principles he upheld in spite of political cost. He was obviously successful in navigating the snake pit of county passions, and remained in office for 15 years.
Mr. Crawford has been vilified by liberals, progressives, conservatives, Tea Partiers, and Republicans. Since I am one of the last three – or all as some would claim – I know the above to be true. What we owe Mr. Crawford is our gratitude. He put up with our conflicts and our arguments, and did not run away or bow his head in submission.
Mark K. Nelson