David Adler, Marc Johnson: Why Alan Simpson embodies bipartisanship

He's best known these days as the "Simpson" in the so-called Simpson-Bowles commission, the bipartisan panel that crafted a proposal to cut the deficit by $4 trillion.

Next week, Boise State University's Andrus Center for Public Policy will award former Sen. Alan Simpson, a Wyoming Republican, with its first award for political leadership.

Here's an excerpt from a guest opinion co-authored by David Adler, the center's director, and Marc Johnson, the former chief of staff to ex-Gov. Cecil Andrus, who is now the center's president: "Al Simpson’s hard work as co-chair of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform is proof that bipartisanship doesn’t have to die. He’s a sterling example of the kind of leadership the nation craves — candid, no-nonsense and bipartisan — which is why The Andrus Center is proud to honor him and his commitment to put our country’s interests before any partisan interest.

Here's a link to the full guest opinion, which also will run in Wednesday's Statesman.

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