Reaction to Keith Crisco’s death

May 12, 2014 

“My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Jane, and his entire family, who have suffered a terrible loss. ... Keith was a savvy businessman, a passionate public servant and a champion for economic development, but more than that, he was kind. Keith’s inherent kindness was evident to everyone he met, and he dedicated his life to making North Carolina a better place to live for everyone. ”

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan

“They didn’t come any smarter than Keith Crisco, and his main goal in life was making Randolph County and North Carolina a better place to live and work. At this sad time of his passing, I can safely say that Keith Crisco accomplished his goal, and Randolph County and our state were the beneficiaries of his life’s work.”

U.S. Rep. Howard Coble

“As Secretary of Commerce, Keith worked tirelessly, during the worst economic downturn in decades, to put North Carolina on the path to recovery and to increase economic opportunity for all of her people. He cared deeply about our state, and he was seeking to continue serving his fellow Tar Heels by running for Congress. ”

U.S. Rep. David Price

“Keith Crisco was a good man who was committed to doing all he could to improve job opportunities for the people of this state. I consider it a privilege to have worked with him, and my thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”

N.C. Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger

“My heart sank, like so many other people who admired Keith Crisco, when I learned of his sudden passing. 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.”

Gov. Pat McCrory

“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.”

N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis

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