Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Wyoming Democrats mourn Sen. Kennedy

Statement from the Wyoming Democratic Party on the passing of Sen. Ted Kennedy:

The Wyoming Democratic Party joins the nation in mourning the passing of Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts.

State party Vice Chair, Mike Bell, noted that Kennedy's death, while not unexpected, was still deeply felt across the country. "Ted Kennedy was such a force in American life for nearly fifty years, that it will take a while to get used to the fact that he is gone," Bell said.

Bell, a historian, pointed out that Kennedy had a real connection to the Cowboy state. He campaigned in the West for JFK and stood beaming amongst the Wyoming delegation, when the state put Jack Kennedy over the top for the Democratic presidential nomination at the 1960 convention.

Bell noted that Kennedy had an impact on millions of lives through his hard work in the U.S. Senate. "Kennedy was a driving force for change on immigration, education, health care and the rights of the mentally and physically challenged" Bell said. “Even his rivals would admit, that when it came to hard work, building real bipartisanship, and genuine concern for people, Ted Kennedy demonstrated again and again why he was regarded as one of the great leaders in the nation’s history.”

Wyoming Democrats send their deepest sympathy to the entire Kennedy family.

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