by Rhonda McBride
Monday, June 28, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Even though West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd was a Democrat, former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens counted on his help to bring dollars to rural Alaska -- and likewise, Stevens reciprocated. Byrd, the longest-serving member of Congress in history, died Monday morning at the age of 92.
"He takes the time to shake my hand," Byrd said of Stevens in 2007, when he became the longest-serving Republican in the Senate. Byrd also spoke warmly of Stevens' ability to put partisan politics aside and work for the common good, and Stevens says he felt the same way.
"We worked together on various issues," Stevens said. "We disagreed on some things, but we never argued. We never shouted at one another, we just worked out our differences and said, ‘OK, you're going to go that way and I'm going to go my way,' that sort of thing, whether it was his project or mine. He was a real gentleman."