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Followers of Louisiana politics are still mourning the passing of veteran political commentator John Maginnis over the weekend. This week in his Commentary, Eyewitness News Political Analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos remembers Maginnis as a friend and colleague.

Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst

The death of veteran political columnist John Maginnis came as a shock to those of us who knew him. His passing also is a great loss to political journalism. John was, without question, Louisiana's preeminent political observer.

He reminded me of the late Tim Russert, former host of NBC's 'Meet the Press.'

Like Russert, John was loved and admired by his fellow journalists and respected by the politicians he covered. He chronicled the colorful subject of Louisiana politics with unequaled flair, insight and humor. He used to say he owed his success to the material, but the truth is, John Maginnis was a rare talent, and a true friend.

I first met John during the governor's race of 1979. He was not only the best political writer in the state, but also a thoughtful and generous friend. He rarely took sides in a political debate, which is why people of all political persuasions confided in him.

His books, his columns and his observations about Louisiana politics spanned 40 years, but John Maginnis still left us too soon.

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