King County Executive Dow Constantine released the following statement on the passing of Sen. Slade Gorton
“This moment marks the passing of one of the giants of state politics. I did not always agree with Slade Gorton on policy, but I held great respect for his commitment to civility and the public good. He was a gentleman and a politician of the old school, and I was honored to be able to work with him on a few projects, including trying to save the Seattle Supersonics, which Slade took on after working to save baseball for Seattle.
"As we confront the many challenges before us today, we are inspired by Slade’s indefatigable energy, optimism, and good will.”