WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- When George McGovern died Sunday morning at the age of 90, the country lost a lion of the political left. Longtime CBS News political analyst Dotty Lynch lost a friend.
A pollster with McGovern's 1972 presidential campaign, Lynch and her husband, who also worked on the McGovern campaign, maintained a close relationship with the understated South Dakota senator over the following 40 years, seeing him most recently this summer for his 90th birthday celebration.
"He seemed good, a little bit more frail than the last time we had seen him but still traveling, going strong, making speeches, and very, very committed to a number of causes," Lynch said.
According to Lynch, George McGovern the person was exactly the same as George McGovern the politician: a kind and smart man with a wonderful sense of humor.
Lynch said Mcgovern's legacy would, of course, include his efforts on behalf of the nation's poor and hungry, but more broadly she thinks George McGovern will be accurately remembered as a man who picked himself up off the political mat after his landslide defeat to Richard Nixon, and made a difference.
"His legacy is going to stay and his memory is going to stay for a long time," Lynch said.
Funeral services for George McGovern will be held this Friday in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. A private burial will take place at a later date at Rock Creek Cemetery here in Washington.