Monday, September 17, 2007

"Luv the Guv"

Calvin L. Rampton 1913-2007

Last night former Governor Calvin L. Rampton joined his wife Lucybeth in eternity.

His legacy has touched so many Utah Democrats especially this vice chair whose first campaign memory was a green and white pin that my father gave me that read, "Luv the Guv".

My father Michael T. Miller was Cal's press secretary during his second term and served as Cal's executive assistant during Cal's third term. Due to the nature of dad's work I spent many weekends playing in the state capitol and it wasn't uncommon to run into and interact with "The Guv" during those weekend adventures.

When I made the decision to run for vice chair of the Utah Democratic Party one of the first things I did was to visit Cal to ask for his support and counsel. After a tough interrogation of my vision for the Party I was able to earn both, and I was proud to have Cal's endorsement for my run for Davis County Commission as well as my reelection as vice chair.

This is a difficult moment for me. Although I understand that Cal lived a long and productive life it doesn't take away from the fact that Utah has lost a very special member of our community, and that for reasons that I don't quite understand I was able to observe Cal's historical leadership first hand. I am grateful for that gift and I am honored and humbled to state that I do "Luv the Guv", I always have, and I always will.


Richard W. said...

A great man with a great legacy. Rampton was a great governor.
I was a child during his adminstration, but I remember how much everyone talked about him and how he cared about Utah.
My condolences to the Rampton family and to you Rob. I know you were close to him.

John Valentine said...

Thanks Rob.