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01 May 2014 @ 01:27 pm
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Tell me about someone you admire!
I'm feeling: chipperchipper
harimad on May 4th, 2014 02:32 am (UTC)
The late John Chafee. Never lost his humbleness or humanity, even when surrounded by influences to the contrary: not as Secretary of the Navy, not as U.S. Senator. He took facts and reason seriously. As Secretary of the Navy, he scandalously elevated a relatively junior admiral as Navy Chief, because Adm. Zumwalt was really that good. Pissed off a lot of senior admirals but history proved him right. Had the same outlook as a U.S. Senator and was sufficiently well supported by his home state - even though he was a Republican and Rhode Island firmly Democratic - that he could do so in the Senate and still get re-elected. Confided to some that he didn't like taking the special Senator-only elevator because there wasn't anything particularly special about Senators. Made sure his summer interns (the lowest of the low on Capital Hill) were paid and treated well. I miss him still.

The late Sen. Howell Heflin. I disagreed with most of his politics but he was an honest man of principle who stuck to them. He voted against Jeff Sessions for the Federal Bench because he, a former state Supreme Court justice, considered Sessions unqualified (so did a substantial minority of the American Bar Assocation). What makes this extraordinary? Sessions was from Heflin's state of Alabama. Heflin, predictably, nearly lost his seat over that vote.