Tom Hayden: Jill Stewart, veteran Southern California political writer (and kind of a radical centrist) posted this about Hayden on her Facebook page:

In my decades as a journalist, only two elected officials always said what they believed, did what they believed, and never fell into the parsing and co-opting and deal-cutting that has given us our tainted political class in Los Angeles. Tom Hayden was one of those great, rare, true, solid rocks. (The other such person in LA is on the other side of the political aisle.) Tom was incredibly smart. But most important, he was fearless and spoke truth to power like no other.