Sen. Robert Byrd, was 92-years-old at the time of his death this morning. He entered the United States Senate in 1958, two years before I was born. I am now 50 years old. I have never known of the US Senate WITHOUT Mr. Bryd being a Member.
He was a tried and true Democrat from West Virginia. He once was a Member of the KKK. He was colorful. Full of vim and vigor, and brought the pork back to the Black Hills of West Virginey.
Congress member in history.
His death will be talked about for months and years and generations to come.
Byrd was admitted to a Washington area hospital last week and his condition and died at 3 a.m. EST today.
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," but his age and frail health got the best of him today.
West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin will now appoint his successor to serve the remainder of his 2 1/2 year term.
Here is a note to Gov. Manchin: Do America a FAVOR, and APPOINT YOURSELF to SERVE in Senator's Byrd seat. I know the early morning quarterbacking is beginning.
Gov. Joe Manchin is amazing, and compassionate and would be a great Senator.
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