Political Analyst Alan Baron Dead at 50
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Political analyst and Democratic party activist Alan J. Baron died today. He was 50.
Baron published The Baron Report for 10 years, a weekly newsletter on politics he launched in 1976.
He was also an occasional political analyst for The Wall Street Journal at the time of his death, was well-known on the lecture circuit and appeared frequently on PBS’ MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour.
Baron died of complications from diabetes and a stroke in nearby Falls Church, Va. A native of Sioux City, Iowa, Baron had lived in Washington for more than 30 years.
As a teen-ager in Iowa, Baron worked on the presidential campaigns of Adlai Stevenson in 1956 and John F. Kennedy in 1960.
A graduate of The George Washington University, Baron began his Washington political career in 1971 when he worked briefly on Iowa Sen. Harold Hughes’ presidential campaign. In 1972, he managed Sen. Edmund Muskie’s run for the presidency in Florida.
When Muskie also dropped out, Baron switched to Sen. George McGovern’s campaign.
It was after a brief term as the executive director of the Democratic National Committee in 1972 that Baron went to McGovern’s Senate office. He was fired in 1976 for actively campaigning against Gov. Jimmy Carter in his run for the White House, a candidate McGovern supported.
It was then that he started his newsletter, remaining close with McGovern until the end of his life.
Baron is survived by his mother, Zerline Baron of Sioux City and a brother, Bernard David Baron of Boston.