Remembering George McGovern

By Matt Hicks
By Erika Mahoney

October 26, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2012 at 7:44 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) As political leaders across the nation continue to mourn the loss of George McGovern, his legacy continues to inspire many, including a local Democratic leader.

Broome County Democratic Committee Charmian Jim Testani was just starting his career in politics in 1972, when he served as a delegate at the Democratic National Convention.

Although McGovern lost his bid for president in a landslide, Testani said McGovern is the reason many have dedicated their lives to public service.

"A bunch of us were just people in our early to mid 20s and he just brought us in and put us to work, and it was terrific," said Testani. "And so many of us are still involved. I mean, Bill Clinton was a McGovern organizer in Arkansas. So many of us have remained involved our whole lives."

McGovern passed away Sunday morning at the age of 90 and was buried Friday.

He represented his home state of South Dakota for more than 20 years in both the House and the Senate.