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Keith Crisco remembered as a dedicated public servant, a champion for North Carolina (video)

Keith Crisco is being remembered by colleagues on both sides of the aisle as a dedicated public servant who devoted his career to making North Carolina a better place. The 71-year-old former state Commerce Secretary and Democratic Congressional candidate died suddenly Monday following a fall at his Randolph County home. He  is survived by his wife of 49 years, three children and six grandchildren.

Here’s how others are remembering Keith Crisco:

“While I was a mayor, and now as governor, Keith was a partner, collaborator and strong advocate for the state he loved. Although Keith was a Democrat and a Pfeiffer University graduate, and I went to Catawba and am a Republican, nothing could stop Keith Crisco from building a lasting friendship. North Carolina was blessed and is a better state because of his leadership.” - Governor Pat McCrory

“I am stunned and deeply saddened by Keith Crisco’s death. Keith came from humble beginnings. No matter how high he rose – to Harvard, to the White House and to the Governor’s Cabinet – he never forgot where he came from. He was a gentleman, a good and honorable man and an extraordinary public servant. I was honored to know him. I am suspending all campaign activities as we pray for his family and friends.” – Clay Aiken, Crisco’s  chief rival for the Democratic nomination in the 2nd Congressional District

“His kindness and dedication to his principles were models we should all strive toward, and he will be dearly missed.” –  Republican Congresswoman Renee Ellmers

“Keith was a champion for economic development, but more than that, he was kind, & worked to make NC a better place to live for everyone.” – U.S. Senator Kay Hagan

“My deepest condolences go out to the Crisco family on the passing of one of our state’s most widely-respected public officials, Keith Crisco. I was honored to work with him on many issues that positively impacted the people of North Carolina, and I was struck by his professionalism and dedication to the citizens he served. He never wavered in his determination to improve the state he was so proud to call home.” –  House Speaker Thom Tillis

“Keith was a great North Carolinian who always did what he believed was best for his county, his state and his country. Political parties and perception were never part of his decision making.” - Former Governor Bev Perdue

In a June 2011 radio interview with NC Policy Watch, then state Commerce Secretary Crisco talked about the importance of investing in public education as a tool for attracting new business and industry to the North Carolina. Below is an excerpt of that interview with Chris Fitzsimon:
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