Michael Guido, the mayor of Dearborn, Michigan, died Tuesday after battling cancer for months. Although just 52, he had served for 21 years as the city's mayor.
Although I visited Dearborn a few months ago, I never followed that city's issues. (You can get a sense of what he accomplished at home in this Detroit Free Press story.) But on the occasions when I dipped into national issues on which he took a lead within the municipal organizations, including homeland security and telecommunications regulation, I found that he generally had the best soundbite, some turn of phrase that encapsulated his position in a quick and revealing way.