Following is the statement of Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate on the passing of Gov. Patrick Lucey:
“In his long career in politics and public service, Gov. Patrick Lucey was a stalwart champion of civil rights, our rich natural resources, and the Wisconsin Idea.
“But even as a hard-nosed progressive, and former Chairman of the Democratic Party, Gov. Lucey was first and foremost a true Wisconsin statesman, the kind that’s practically become extinct in this era of divisiveness and political unrest.
“Wisconsin has truly lost a giant today.”