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The Late Chairman of the City Council
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UCAS Online FrontPage Minneapolis
Councilman Finch Dies in Home
by Catherine Grant
Monday, Jan. 6 2076 19:12
City Council Chairman Marcus Finch, age 58, a high-ranking member of the Farmer-Labor Party and one of the most prominent liberals in the Twin Cities, was killed today in a domestic accident, along with his housekeeper and closest aides, in his home in Lynnhurst, Minneapolis.
Knight Errant investigators are still looking into the matter, but preliminary reports indicate a gas leak in the sealed apartment caused a lethal build-up of gasses that led to the suffocation of all the house’s residents.
‘It’s Just Terrible’
Finch, who was serving his second term as head of the city council and was running for reelection, with talk of a Mayoral run in two years, was at his home in Lynnhurst preparing to attend the funeral of Lewis Kaltov, the father of FLP city Alderman Enoch Kaltov, when the accident occurred. Finch and his household were discovered by Kaltov when he came to check on Finch when he didn’t respond to comm calls.
“It’s just terrible,” said Paula Cabrione, a Finch campaign aide who traveled to the scene of the accident. “Say a prayer.”
State Senator and FLP party chair Edger Humphrey, had been campaigning with Finch earlier today. Finch had left Humphrey, who was giving a speech on Finch’s behalf, to travel to the Kaltov funeral.
“All of us who knew Marcus Finch … are devastated today,” Humphrey said after the crash. “We will miss you, Marc, and we will never forget you.”
A Leading Liberal Voice
Elected leaders across the political spectrum reacted with shock and sadness to news of Finch’s death.
“Marcus Finch was a man of deep convictions. He was a plainspoken fellow who did his best for his state and for his country,” Mayor Carol Bergen said. “May the good Lord bless those who grieve.”
City Councilor Declan Chance, called Finch the “soul of the Cities.”
Oh, ho! Funny, omae, funny. Surprised “Lucky” Chance still knows what a soul is after he sold his to the Catarone’s for a nice chair and office with a view.
Do you think any of the others on the Council don’t have some sort of backing? Or any of the people looking to fill his position? In this city, if you want to play a role and stay alive, you get someone’s backing, be it corp, mob, vory, what have you. What we have here is an example of what happens when you don’t have a bigger fish to watch your back. Check your idealistic baggage at the door.
“For the people of Minneapolis, this is too heartbreaking for words,” said Senate Minority Leader Vincent Hantous. “For the entire State of Minnesota, this is a death in our family. For all of us, this is a reminder of the dedication of the men and women who serve their country in public office.”
Diane Stoddard, Technocratic candidate for the Senate, called Finch “a man of conviction, who never swayed from his beliefs even when he was fighting a lonely battle.”
Finch was elected to the City Council in 2060. He was considered one of the most prominent liberal members of the Council. He drew attention recently when he voted against authorizing Mayor Bergen to allow the sale of the Twin Cities Transit Authority to Evo along with the rest of 4M’s holdings, when he made his now-famous “Not everything should be for sale” quote, which came to symbolize his efforts to return the Twin City’s road system to public ownership.
UCAS Online’s Bruce King described Finch as “probably the most outspoken liberal” in the Twin Cities.
“He was the only vulnerable Council incumbent who voted regularly against corporate interests,” King said.
UCAS Online’s Renata Cole said Finch was a “true ideologue.”
“Many strong conservatives in the Cities admired Councilman Marcus Finch’s unflinching liberalism,” she said.
Election Suddenly Uncertain
Finch had worried his stance on the break-up of the TCTA would hurt his re-election bid, but in the latest Minneapolis Star Tribune poll, completed on Oct. 16, Finch was not only secure in his bid for reelection to the City Council, but polls put him ahead of embattled mayor, Technocrat Carol Bergen and many commentators had marked him as the obvious challenger for Bergen in 2078. Rumors abounded that he was assembling an exploratory committee in preparation for a mayoral run.
And… mystery solved! Thanks for playing everyone.
“The people of Minneapolis have experienced a terrible, unimaginable tragedy,” Bergen said in a statement. “The entire Finch family has been selfless, public servants who embodied the best of Minnesota.”
She has a guy geeked and then gets to write his eulogy? I don’t know whether to be shocked or impressed.
Hey, we don’t know it was her.
Don’t be naive, omae. It’s what Finch died of and it’s catching…
I’m not being. Just saying, Mayor’s not the only one stands to gain from his death. Declan Chance is the natural successor to chair the City Council and like you said, he’s pretty mobbed-up, none of the big corps were overfond of him either, especially Evo, and they can have pretty long reach. And in our business, a closed mind can be just as dangerous as naivete.
Finch’s sudden death has thrown the City Council race in Minneapolis into confusion.
According to Minnesota law, a new nomination must be filed within seven days. The election takes place on Nov. 5, and control of the Council is tightly contested between the five major parties.