Being a pal of Bob Hardesty’s was no job for a slacker.
Even casual chats over martinis carried an unstated insistence that even political banter should be accurate and precise and, hopefully, have a dose of drama. Hardesty could often be cutting in his own verbiage, but — rare for a political creature — he was more gentleman than partisan.
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Mann, an Austin writer and consultant, is a former press secretary and speechwriter for U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy, as well as a former newspaperman, journalism professor and New York public affairs executive.