I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing today of Dean Barnett due to complications from Cystic Fibrosis. A terrific blogger, columnist and radio host, he exuded grace, class, humor, and optimism, always delivered in that grating/endearing Boston accent. He epitomized everything you would want in a political ally -- or political foe, for that matter.
Dean and I sometimes corresponded and he was always overly kind and generous to me and this blog. Despite having never met him in person I will miss him very much. May he have peace and free beer at heaven's celestial Fenway.