R.I.P. Doug Friedline

Sad news today as we learn that political strategist Doug Friedline has passed away at the age of 49.

From the St. Petersburg Times...

Campaign workers at Max Linn’s office knew something was wrong Friday when Doug Friedline didn’t show up for work.

The workers found Friedline, campaign manager for Linn’s failed gubernatorial bid and a political strategist for some of the nation’s top independent and third-party candidates, about 2 p.m. He was dead in his Treasure Island condominium.

Friedline, 49, had a long history of health problems, including quadruple bypass surgery, Linn campaign officials said. Authorities do not suspect foul play, the campaign said.

In recent weeks, Friedline had not been feeling well, said Liz McCallum, a campaign spokeswoman.

Before joining Linn’s campaign in July, Friedline’s clients were a who’s who of third-party and independent politics. He worked on Ross Perot’s 1992 presidential campaign and helped former wrestler Jesse Ventura become Minnesota governor in 1999.

“Politics was truly his life,” Linn said in a statement. “He worked tirelessly for our campaign. ... He cared deeply about American politics and he felt that the only way to fix our broken political system was through third parties.”

8 Responses to “R.I.P. Doug Friedline”

  1. Citizens For A Better Veterans Home (founded 1998) Says:

    Sounds like our kind of guy! The real thing in a world of Dead Eye Dick Cheney, George Senior, George W, John F. Kerry, Gulf War Joe Leiberman, Mister Hollywood Hype [Adolph Schwarzen Faker], Hilary the Anti War Candidate! Such inopportune departure! So long Doug Friedline!

  2. Darcy Richardson Says:

    Doug Friedline’s unexpected death is a great tragedy. I was really saddened to hear the news earlier this morning. My heart goes out to his family and friends, as well as everyone involved in Max Linn’s gubernatorial campaign here in Florida.

    While most folks remember Doug’s role in Jesse Ventura’s magnificent upset victory in Minnesota in 1998, I remember getting a call from him in the spring of 2000 when he was feverishly lobbying Arizona Senator John McCain to re-enter the presidential race that year as a third-party candidate. When McCain refused to bolt from the GOP, Doug—- true to his third-party principles—- went on to manage John Hagelin’s presidential campaign that fall.

    Doug was not only an untiring and imaginative political strategist, but he was also a true hero to those who believe in the cause of third-party politics in this country. He will be deeply missed.

  3. Citizens For A Better Veterans Home (founded 1998) Says:

    Friedline, Manager for Jesse Ventura and Max Linn Gubernatorial Campaigns, Dies Suddenly in Florida

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Nov 10, 2006 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/—Douglas Friedline, a tireless fighter for political underdogs and third party campaigns, died suddenly today in the city of Treasure Island, Florida. He was 49 years old. He passed away at an apartment which had been rented for him during his tenure as campaign manager for Max Linn, the third party candidate in Florida’s gubernatorial contest.

    “Everyone on our team is shocked and deeply saddened by the death of Doug Friedline,” said Linn. “He was one of the most principled and idealistic men I’ve known. Politics was truly his life. He worked tirelessly for our campaign—the first to arrive at our office and the last to leave,” Linn said.

    Linn’s running mate, Tom Macklin said, “Doug literally gave his life for this campaign. We have to pick up the slack or his sacrifice will have been for nothing.”

    Friedline’s career made political history and blazed the trial for independent candidates across America. The highlight of his career was his success as the campaign manager for Jesse Ventura in 1998, when Ventura became the governor of Minnesota.

    Friedline began his career in 1992, working for the Ross Perot campaign in Minnesota. He went on to serve many other independent candidates running 25 campaigns for offices large and small, including presidential contenders, gubernatorial and senate candidates, and even mayoralty contenders. The legendary real estate mogul Donald Trump was among his better-known clients. Friedline set up Trump’s presidential exploratory committee. He also organized political ventures involving Ralph Nader, John McCain and Joe Piscopo. One of his political battles was portrayed in the documentary film, “Anytown, USA.”

    In a tribute to Friedline, the Linn campaign’s communications director, Liz McCallum said, “Doug was a man who cared deeply about America and the democratic process. He fought hard for political underdogs and always believed that anything was possible. He will always be remembered as a champion for independent and third-party candidates.”

    Linn added, “Doug felt that the only way to fix our broken political system was through third parties. He was passionate about independent candidates. I feel honored to have known him.”

    Despite a number of medical problems which plagued him in recent years, Friedline worked day and night on the Linn campaign. He had complained of faintness several days before his passing, but declined to take time off from the campaign to seek medical treatment. A passionate campaigner, Friedline yesterday thanked his campaign staff with an emotional speech. He said he had planned to retire from politics but decided he would take on the Max Linn campaign as his final battle. He will be missed.

    For Further Information Contact:
    Liz McCallum
    727-347-8784 Phone
    727-231-8033 Fax
    727-599-9537 cell

    SOURCE Max Linn for Governor Campaign

    Liz McCallum of Max Linn for Governor Campaign, +1-727-347-8784, or fax,
    +1-727-231-8033, or cell, +1-727-599-9537


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  4. Chris Says:

    Doug will be sorely missed. As my uncle, he was a great man. I am sad to know that Doug is gone and no longer with us all.

  5. Matthew Yoder Says:

    I live in St Petersburg and I only got to know Doug in the last days of his life. In that time he moved me and convinced me that democracy is not dead in America. He was a great man and I only wish that I had spent more time with him. He has inspired me to get involved again.

  6. Anthony Says:

    As someone who got to work close with DOug you truly realize how great he really was. I will miss him very much, there is a picture of him @ my job that we say hello and goodbye to everyday. i hope he is looking down on us as we ar elooking up to him. RIP Doug, I’ll miss you!

  7. Austin Cassidy Says:

    Where do you work, Anthony?

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