Dodd Statement on Ted Kennedy

Sen. Chris Dodd sent out this statement about the passing of Sen. Ted Kennedy:

“I’m not sure America has ever had a greater Senator, but I know for certain that no one has had a greater friend than I and so many others did in Ted Kennedy.
“I will always remember Teddy as the ultimate example for all of us who seek to serve, a hero for those Americans in the shadow of life who so desperately needed one.
“He worked tirelessly to lift Americans out of poverty, advance the cause of civil rights, and provide opportunity to all. He fought to the very end for the cause of his life – ensuring that all Americans have the health care they need.
“The commitment to build a stronger and fairer America, a more perfect union, was deeply ingrained in the fiber of who he was, and what he believed in, and why he served.
“That’s why he stands among the most respected Senators in history. But it was his sympathetic ear, his razor wit, and his booming, raucous laugh that made him among the most beloved.
“Whatever tragedy befell Teddy’s family, he would always be there for them. Whatever tragedy befell the family of one of his friends, he would always be there for us. And in this moment of profound grief, our hearts are with his wonderful wife Vicki, his fantastic kids Ted Jr., Patrick, Kara, Curran, and Caroline, his grandchildren, and the wide and wonderful extended family for whom he was always a safe harbor.
“I will miss him every day I serve, and every day I live.”


11 responses to “Dodd Statement on Ted Kennedy

  1. Bruce Rubenstein

    This letter/statement from Dodd is wonderful.Kennedy will in fact rank as one of the most accomplished Senators..up there with..Daniel Webster,Henry Clay,Mike Mansfield…etc

  2. The United States, and especially American politicians, is best and most accurately seen from afar.

    The Guardian’s report on the late Sen. Edward Kennedy’s political career is what the Brits might call “spot on.,” so far the finest– by which I mean the most accurate and unsentimental — review of Edward Kennedy’s trip to the top of the political greasy poll.

    All the warts and angel wings are here.

  3. The Hartford Courant is reporting the Governor is going to support a tax increase for the so-called wealthy while eliminating the death tax and sales tax. Brilliant!!

  4. The Harford Courant is reporting that Gov. Rell has reversed her stance on the budget from February: “… Rell would raise the state income tax to 6.5 percent on couples earning more than $1 million per year and individuals earning more than $500,000 per year. The current maximum rate is 5 percent.”

    The tax increase, retroactive to Jan. 1,2009, is expected to hall in more than $1 billion in the next two years. In addition, the sales tax would be cut a half a percent to 5.5 percent.

    Pointing to a survey, Rell expects the cut in the sales tax to produce 8,300 jobs.

    There is no indication at present that the Democrats, who have promised to produce their own budget, will agree to any of these terms. What the new plan really does is to cut no-tax-increase Republicans out of the negotiation loop.

  5. Bruce,

    Daniel Webster? Maybe Huey Long.

  6. Remember when this blog used to be about CT LOCAL politics? Man, those were the good ol’ days. Rell makes the most seminal move yet in these negotiations and it doesn’t even register here? Ted’s gone…he wasn’t Jack….he wasn’t Bobby…..let’s get on with it.

  7. Bury him deep, very deep. He did nothing but mess things up from immigration in the late 60’s, HMOs to “no child left behind”.

  8. >> Rell makes the most seminal move yet in these negotiations and it doesn’t even register here? Ted’s gone…he wasn’t Jack….he wasn’t Bobby…..let’s get on with it.

    Pretty much puts the ball in the Democrats court. It should change the ‘what’ that they are voting on tomorrow.

    Tomorrow should be a good day for high drama and hyperbole from both parties.

  9. >>It should change the ‘what’ that they are voting on tomorrow.


  10. Bruce Rubenstein

    lmao Don….call me

  11. I feel very strongly that Senator Dodd should honor Senator Kennedy’s memory and legacy as a true democrat by sponsoring a giant wind farm off of Martha’s Vinyard called the Edward Kennedy Renewable Energy Memorial. This would be such a fitting legacy. It’s a “no-brainer”!

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