Senator Kennedy was a hard man to turn down when he called on you to support on an issue and he had little tolerance for any type of delay. He achieved great things for his party and his nation over a life time of dedicated public service and no other senator will every be able to achieve the greatness that Senator Kennedy did in his life time.
Vigil Planned to Honor Late Senator Kennedy
Albuquerque, NM -- A candle light vigil is planned to honor and remember the late Senator Ted Kennedy this Thursday, August 27, 2009 at 8:00 PM. It will be held at Civic Plaza in downtown Albuquerque; participants are asked to bring their own candles.
Reaction from Javier Gonzales Candidate for Democratic Party State Party Chair:
As possible future leader of our party I asked him to provide a statement for the voting public.
"Senator Kennedy was a champion for the working poor, disenfranchised, and elderly. He fought for civil rights, access to affordable healthcare, and an educational system that works for America's children. He will be missed. May the roar of the Lion be heard in the halls of congress for Generations to come. Rest in Peace Senator Kennedy."
Note From President Obama:
"Michelle and I were heartbroken to learn this morning of the death of our dear friend, Senator Ted Kennedy. For nearly five decades, virtually every major piece of legislation to advance the civil rights, health and economic well-being of the American people bore his name and resulted from his efforts. His ideas and ideals are stamped on scores of laws and reflected in millions of lives -- in seniors who know new dignity; in families that know new opportunity; in children who know education's promise; and in all who can pursue their dream in an America that is more equal and more just, including me. In the United States Senate, I can think of no one who engendered greater respect or affection from members of both sides of the aisle. His seriousness of purpose was perpetually matched by humility, warmth and good cheer. He battled passionately on the Senate floor for the causes that he held dear, and yet still maintained warm friendships across party lines. And that's one reason he became not only one of the greatest senators of our time, but one of the most accomplished Americans ever to serve our democracy. I personally valued his wise counsel in the Senate, where, regardless of the swirl of events, he always had time for a new colleague. I cherished his confidence and momentous support in my race for the Presidency. And even as he waged a valiant struggle with a mortal illness, I've benefited as President from his encouragement and wisdom. His fight gave us the opportunity we were denied when his brothers John and Robert were taken from us: the blessing of time to say thank you and goodbye. The outpouring of love, gratitude and fond memories to which we've all borne witness is a testament to the way this singular figure in American history touched so many lives. For America, he was a defender of a dream. For his family, he was a guardian. Our hearts and prayers go out to them today -- to his wonderful wife, Vicki, his children Ted Jr., Patrick and Kara, his grandchildren and his extended family. Today, our country mourns. We say goodbye to a friend and a true leader who challenged us all to live out our noblest values. And we give thanks for his memory, which inspires us still. Sincerely, President Barack Obama"