Locals react to the death of Ted Kennedy

Here’s what Kansas and Missouri senators are saying about the death of Ted Kennedy (we’ll keep adding them as they come in).

Kansas U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts:

“The Senate has lost the lion’s roar of the left,” Roberts said. “His wife Victoria, his family, friends and staff are in our thoughts and prayers.”

“When I came to the Senate, Senator Kennedy was one of the first to welcome me and invite me to his office to discuss legislation where we might work together and move ahead. I was privileged to work with Senator Kennedy on education, health care and disabled issues.

“There were two Ted’s, one was personable and kind to those he met regardless of party affiliation, and the other was what we saw on the Senate floor, a passionate and fiery advocate for the cause.

“I recall one of the first times I had the privilege of serving as presiding officer of the Senate when Senator Kennedy had the floor. His speech was passionate and delivered at top volume. He asked me how much of his time remained. I replied and noted that the audio system was indeed working. He continued on with his speech and after about a minute, smiled at me, waggled his finger in my direction, and kept right on going, at full volume. It was quintessential Ted Kennedy. He will be greatly missed.”

%{[ data-embed-type=”image” data-embed-id=”57150c4289121ca96b9607a5″ data-embed-element=”aside” ]}%Missouri U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill:

“This man was so much more than his image,” McCaskill said. “While his vision soared, the power of his personality and the magnet of his intellect drew his colleagues to the table of compromise. It was there he did his best work. His love for the little guy and his affection for the underdog influenced everything he did. And importantly, his sense of humor and contagious laughter made him real and approachable in spite of his power and privilege.”

Missouri U.S. Sen. Kit Bond:
“The State of Massachusetts and the nation have lost an outstanding Senator. For more than 40 years Ted has used his position in the Senate to fight for working families in his home state and across the country.

“Senator Kennedy was not only known as a tremendous public servant, but also as a gentleman within the halls of Congress. He was a great ally when we worked together and friendly and courteous – yet formidable – when we disagreed.

“Linda and my thoughts and prayers are with Ted’s wife, Vicki, and the entire Kennedy family.”

Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback:

“Senator Kennedy was a lion in the Senate,” said Brownback. “He fought for what he believed in and did so with passion. I had the opportunity to work on several legislative issues with Senator Kennedy and despite our political differences, he was professional, courteous, and thoughtful and always looked for ways to find common ground. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.”

%{[ data-embed-type=”image” data-embed-id=”57150c4289121ca96b9607a2″ data-embed-element=”aside” ]}%Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson

“Late last night, America lost an unwavering advocate for equality,

liberty and the well being of our children. With the passing of Senator

Kennedy we mourn together, while celebrating his legacy and life.

“I last saw Senator Kennedy speak almost exactly one year ago in Denver;

there, to a crowd of thousands, weak from illness but powered by

optimism, he delivered a message in which all Americans can find hope.

It was a brief, yet incredible moment to see a man who had seen so much,

share a vision for the future.

“The words he spoke that night ring especially true today, and remind me

of the work we all have left to do: ‘….and this is the cause of my

life — new hope that we will break the old gridlock and guarantee that

every American — north, south, east, west, young, old — will have

decent, quality health care as a fundamental right and not a privilege.

. . We are all Americans. This is what we do. We reach the moon. We

scale the heights. I know it. I’ve seen it. I’ve lived it. And we can do

it again.'”

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