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Sad news, via facebook:

Tommy Sowers

Just received some horrible news. One of my first and best supporters, Tony Viessman passed away yesterday. He was a founder of Rednecks for Sowers, a great travel companion and sign erector and just a fantastic friend. My thoughts and prayers are with Tony’s incredible family. He will be missed.

October 2008, in Jefferson City:

Tony Viessman (left) and Les Spencer (right) of “Rednecks for Obama” at the entrance to the Joe Biden campaign event in Memorial Park, Jefferson City.

I got the opportunity to meet and speak with Tony Viessman while waiting in the press queue for a Joe Biden campaign event in Jefferson City in 2008. He was one of those originals you run into when covering campaigns, a happy person, active and committed to the grassroots political process. And boy, did he know how to stay on message, better than most campaign pros. He was a nice man and a good Democrat.