Skip to comments.Robert Byrd, Longest-Serving U.S. Senator, Dies at 92
Posted on 06/28/2010 2:35:45 AM PDT by careybEdited on 06/28/2010 3:51:06 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
Published June 28, 2010
Feb. 2009: Sen. Robert Byrd doffs his hat for reporters as he arrives at the Capitol in Washington.
Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia, the longest-serving senator in American history, died Monday at the age of 92, a spokesman for the family said.
Byrd, a Democrat who served in the U.S. Senate since 1959, had been plagued by health problems in recent years and was confined to a wheelchair. He had skipped several votes in Congress in the past months.
Jesse Jacobs, a family spokesman, said Byrd died peacefully at about 3 a.m. at Inova Hospital in Fairfax, Va.
He was the oldest member of the 111th Congress.
The passing of Sen. Byrd will not affect the balance of power in the Senate. West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin, a Democrat, will appoint a replacement senator to serve out the remainder of Byrd's term which ends in 2012.
Rest in Peace.
He was mocked here, many times, and perhaps rightly so. Now he is gone. Let the family mourn, let his friends cry, and let’s let him go into eternity with little rancor.
Just heard it too on local news radio in Washington, D.C.
so does this mean the dems will be looking for another former kkk leader to run for office?
RIP Senator Byrd.
Joe Manchin, governor of West Virginia, is a DEMOCRAT.
He could play the fiddle pretty good.
As an aside, I just read somewhere that if he were considered unable to continue serving (which I assume his demise would be classified as such) and the Gov. appoints someone before July 3rd, that person would serve only until Nov and have to stand for special elections; if after the 3rd, that person would serve out the entire term.
Thus it will be interesting to watch the Demo-Rats at work as they try their damnedest to come up with some reason why his replacement can't be named until after the 3rd.
Rahm's already got him on his speed dial.
From what I understand, because Byrd died before July 3, the person the governor appoints will have to run in a special election in November. If Byrd had died after July 3, the person would serve out Byrd’s term until 2012.
Seriously, though, I wonder if this is a Democrat who has the BALLS to stand up to the Prompter Punk.
He’s gone. Another special election will have to be held in November in a state that has gone the longest without a GOP Senator (last one elected in 1956). Will Gov. Manchin risk a backlash having himself appointed ?
I pray for his family and the innumerable people he caused to suffer.
If it persists, Byrds illness could complicate the financial reform bills path to President Barack Obamas desk. Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, one of four Republicans who voted for the original bill, has said he might vote against the version that emerged from the reconciliation of the House and Senate versions because it adds a $19 billion bank tax.
Should Brown vote no and Byrd is unable to vote, it would leave the bill one vote shy of the 60 needed to close debate and move to final passage.
I hope the evil old bastard rots in hell.
He could play the fiddle pretty good.
Actually, he did. His bluegrass music in his youth was quite decent. Should have stayed with it.
Kerry and Dodd will have a talk with Brown and he’ll cave. Byrd’s replacement will be a certain vote for the bill. Obama’s new tax on everyone who has a bank account will be protected.
Oh and RIP.
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