WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement regarding the passing of longtime Commonwealth Journal editor Bill Mardis:
“For nearly six decades, Bill Mardis chronicled the story of Pulaski County and the families who call it home. He was the consummate community journalist, prizing truth and integrity over sensation and spin. Those qualities endeared him to his loyal readers and his scores of friends. I was proud to count myself among both.
“From his humble origins to the top of the masthead, Bill led a true Kentucky life. He refused to slow down and was the hardest worker in the room. He seemed happiest with his name printed in the byline of a masterful column that spoke to and for his people. Even when Bill asked the tough questions, I always enjoyed our conversations about his work and the community he loved.
“Elaine and I send our sincere condolences to Linda, their children and the entire Commonwealth Journal team. He will certainly be missed.”