Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

October 09, 2003

Fred Tuttle, 84, a retired dairy farmer who became a movie star and 1998 Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, died Saturday in Montpelier, Vt. He had experienced heart trouble in recent years, according to his wife.

After the movie A Man with a Plan aired in 1996, Mr. Tuttle became a Vermont icon. In the film, a political spoof, Mr. Tuttle runs successfully for Congress with slogans such as, "I've spent my whole life in the barn, now I just want to spend a little time in the House."

Filmmaker John O'Brien persuaded Mr. Tuttle to enter the 1998 GOP Senate primary as a publicity stunt - and Mr. Tuttle won with 54 percent of the vote. He then endorsed his Democratic opponent, Sen. Patrick J. Leahy.

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