Rick Kahn, the friend of Paul Wellstone who made what has been seen as an excessively partisan speech at the late senator’s memorial service was, apparently, unrepentant afterwards. According to this report he repeated his call for certain Minnesota Republicans who were friends of Wellstone to help ensure that he is succeeded by a Democrat: “Can they not one time, just one time, step forward for Paul and honor that friendship? Why can’t they do that? One time, for one week. That’s what we’re asking. That they go out there and say Paul Wellstone did this wonderful work and we need to keep his legacy alive by sending his successor to his seat. ”
A characteristic of Paul Wellstone was the fact that he stuck by his
beliefs. His friends, therefore, should not ask Republicans to abandon theirs.