Gordon Lee Weil was born March 12, 1937 in Mineola, New York and grew up in Long Island. Sadye, his mother, worked for the Red Cross, and was chairman of nursing services in Nassau County and of the USO during World War II and served as state president of the National Council of Jewish women. Gordon attended Hempstead High School and Bowdoin College, as a history major with a concentration in government. He was on the Agriculture Committee of the 1956 pre-convention platform committee in Maine and served as a page at the 1956 Democratic National Convention, Chicago. He worked in Washington, DC with the European Common Market from 1963 to 1966. He also worked for the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. He is the author of The Long Shot. He served as a George McGovern body man in 1971 and 1972, as a Democratic State Convention delegate in 1974. He was active in the George Mitchell 1974 gubernatorial election, and worked for Bill Clinton on his 1992 presidential campaign.
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