Senator Robert Byrd, West Virginia
He has a sorted past what being a former member of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. He made it from the ground up from being an orphan child to becoming a lawyer and the State of West Virginia’s finest Senator. He is a Constitutional scholar, who carries a copy of the US Constitution in his pocket for ready reference, as if he needs. Senator Byrd knows it by heart.
You can debate the merit of a Senator who brings home the bacon in the form of earmarks, plus ups, and directed funding, but you can’t fault him for looking out for West Virginians.
I worked on some of his programs in the past even though I lived in Virginia. Yet, I have respect for the fact that throughout the state, there are people who have skills in technology that they otherwise would not have without him.
I fault the state for not leveraging its natural resources to becoming self-sufficient. It’s now or never. But you can’t fault Senator Robert Byrd for doing anything less than knocking his heart out for his state and its constituents. He moved past the KKK era, so I will cut him some slack now for that.
“Sen. Robert Byrd hospitalized in serious condition
By the CNN Wire Staff
June 27, 2010 5:41 p.m. EDT
Washington (CNN) -- Sen. Robert Byrd, the 92-year-old Democrat from West Virginia who is the longest-serving Congress member in history, has been hospitalized in serious condition, his office said Sunday.
Byrd was admitted to a Washington area hospital last week and his condition is "seriously ill," according to the statement by his office.
Initially thought to be suffering from heat exhaustion and severe dehydration, Byrd was expected to remain in hospital for "not more than a few days," the statement said.
"However, upon further examination by his doctors, other conditions have developed which has resulted in his condition being described as 'serious,' " the statement concluded.
West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin said in a statement Sunday that he and his wife "are thinking about and praying for Sen. Byrd and his family."
"We are truly hopeful that he gets well soon because West Virginians need his leadership in Washington," the statement said. "Sen. Byrd is a true champion for our state."”