The greatest public act a man can perform is to throw themselves into a public life at a time when they could be doing any number of other things. Pat Mullins was such a man.
One always assumes that there will be another lunch, another phone call, one more instance where a name will be heard in politics and you’ll get the chance to ask how folks are doing. Our eyes are going to tell us that chance has passed. Our faith tells us there will be one lasting and eternal moment where catching up will be the least thing on our minds.
Chairman Mullins was and remains an example of a quiet, cheerful, bridge building sort of leadership which exemplified the qualities of a Virginia gentleman. No other human being could pack seven syllables into “How are you?” and make you feel as if at a moment you were the focal point of his attention. His love for the Republican Party and the conservative movement commanded both loyalty and service.
To the Mullins family, one can only express a heartfelt thank you knowing that tens of thousands of us are praying tonight, but with immense gratitude knowing and learning from a truly great man.
In a providential turn, Mullins last great act on this earth will be to unite the party in his remembrance — much as he did in public life.