John McKechnieThe passing of political luminary Frank Mankiewicz last week at age 90 spawned tributes from all quarters of the Washington scene. The legendary operative had a long and storied career, as press secretary to Robert Kennedy (he had the unfortunate duty of announcing the Senator’s death to the world following his shooting on the night of the 1968 California primary), as campaign manager for George McGovern during the 1972 campaign, as head of NPR during the Carter administration, and as a well-respected PR and media consultant for more than 30 years.

It was in that capacity that he played a relatively obscure, but critically important role on behalf of credit unions during the historic Campaign for Consumer Choice, better known as H.R. 1151. For his contributions to that effort, for the essential things that he taught me during that time, and for the words of wisdom that he imparted, I will always remember Frank. 

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