From a (Raleigh) News & Observer editorial on Tuesday:
In his long public service career, Keith Crisco retained a soft-spoken nature, from his service to his home area in Asheboro on the school board and the city council to a term as state commerce secretary. The farmers son was a man of home and family first. His decision at 71 to run for Congress from the 2nd District, friends said, was a dream but also a desire to continue service.
Crisco died from injuries in a fall at his home Monday, just a day before he was to make public the difficult decision to give up the race for the congressional seat. When Crisco, a Democrat, got in the race, he did all the things a candidate is supposed to do by lining up lots of support from the Democratic establishment. But his opponent was Clay Aiken, the American Idol runner-up, a native North Carolinian who proved to be formidable and well-informed. He bested Crisco, barely, in the primary.
Modest on the campaign trail, Crisco would downplay his success with his company, Asheboro Elastics, telling people he helped hold up their underwear. He made a lot of friends in the campaign and all his life. He was a genuine, sincere person who did not forget where he came from. The state is richer for his contributions and poorer for his unexpected death. Keith Crisco did his part for the people.
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