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Californians speak on Ted Kennedy

The news that U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., has a malignant brain tumor brought statements of concern and support from several prominent California politicos including Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, whose wife is Kennedy’s niece:

“Maria and I are thankful for everyone’s thoughts and prayers today and over the past several days. While we are still learning the extent of Teddy’s diagnosis and treatment options, what we do know is that Teddy is an incredibly courageous and tenacious man who will tackle this with the same determination with which he approaches everything in life. I encourage everyone to keep Teddy in their prayers, as we are continuing to do.”

From House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco:

“The news of Senator Kennedy’s health has been met with great concern. Senator Kennedy is a champion for health care for all Americans and a great fighter for America’s children, workers and seniors. This same strength and fighting spirit will serve him well in this challenge. Our thoughts and prayers are with him, with his wife Vicki, and with our colleague Patrick, and the entire Kennedy family.”

From U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.:

“My heart dropped when I heard the news about Senator Kennedy. On behalf of all Californians, I send him and the entire Kennedy family my sincere wishes for a speedy recovery. They are in our thoughts and prayers. There is reason for optimism. He has great physicians, a loving and beautiful wife in Vicki, and the indomitable Kennedy spirit. I look forward to the day when Senator Kennedy is back on the Senate floor, giving one of his famous stem-winder speeches. I hope that day will be soon.”

From California Democratic Party chairman Art Torres:

“Today’s news about my dear friend Ted Kennedy’s diagnosis took the wind out of me, as I know it did for so many Americans. Since Saturday and as recently as this morning, I have been on the phone a number of times with the Senator’s staff outside his hospital room, and I know that he is in good spirits, talking and joking. Ted Kennedy was one of the first people to call me when I was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2006. He helped me seek the right advice about treatment and encouraged me to fight and win. He has been a source of inspiration and friendship for me for more than 28 years. I now pray for him as he did for me, and also for Ted’s wife Vicki and his children, Ted Jr., Kara and Patrick. I know that Ted’s energy and resiliency will prevail. Ted is strong, vibrant, and I know he will recover and we will see him hard at work and back out on the campaign trail soon.”

From Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland:

“I was saddened to learn the news about Senator Kennedy today. First and foremost, my thoughts and prayers are with him, his wife, Vicki, my colleague and friend here in the House, Patrick Kennedy, and the entire Kennedy family. It was just a few short months ago that the East Bay welcomed Senator Kennedy to a rally for Senator Obama at BeeBe Memorial Church in Oakland. I had the honor of introducing the legendary Senator that day, and his fighting spirit was on full display. We all know that it is that sprit which will help him come through this crisis.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Reginald N.

    Very good post. But, I’m from Martha’s Vineyard, and many of us islanders feel that Ted Kennedy has yet to answer for Mary Jo Kopechne’s death.

  • Sleepneat

    Thats right…..karma