Well-known Fairfield University Professor John Orman has died. Orman briefly ran against Senator Joe Lieberman in 2005, and later took control of the Connecticut for Lieberman party.
As a professor, John Orman was known for getting students excited about politics. He knew how to balance theory and real-life, says Fairfield professor Dr. James Simon.
"Got many of them to run for office themselves. Gave every single one of them a better understanding of how the political system worked and he did it all with a twinkle in his eye."
Orman was also frequent political commentator. Simon describes his colleague as 'one of the great quote machines of all time', "..giving hundreds and hundreds of interviews a year. He really understood the essence of how the news media worked, the material that the reporters needed, but how he could make a serious point as well."
In 1984, Orman stepped into the political arena, running unsuccessfully as a Democratic candidate for Congress against incumbent Stewart McKinney.
He briefly ran for senate against incumbent Joe Lieberman in the 2006 campaign. After Lieberman won re-election under the “Connecticut for Lieberman” party heading, Orman tweaked the Senator by joining the phantom party, voting himself chairman, and using the position as a vehicle to criticize Lieberman.
In a statement on Tuesday, Lieberman said he was saddened by the passing of John Orman. “While he and I had our political differences, I always respected John's intelligence and his passionate citizenship.” John Orman died Sunday evening. He was 60 years old.