August 12th, 2010
01:50 PM ET
4 years ago

Henry: Stevens was no saint but his word was his bond

Former Sen. Ted Stevens died Tuesday in a plane crash.'
Former Sen. Ted Stevens died Tuesday in a plane crash.'

Washington (CNN) – I was one nervous little cub reporter when I had my first sit-down interview with Sen. Ted Stevens way back in June 1997, shortly after he had taken over as chairman of the powerful Appropriations Committee.

The Alaska Republican always seemed so gruff and hot-tempered - especially at an Appropriations Committee hearing weeks earlier where he warned Democrats he was far different than his predecessor as chairman, mild-mannered Sen. Mark Hatfield, R-Oregon.

"Sen. Hatfield had the patience of Job and the disposition of a saint. I don't," Stevens shouted into the microphone, adding: "I'm a mean, miserable SOB."

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  1. Operation Crush Rush

    Stevens forgot to mention he was in ExxonMobils pocket and their chief spokesman for looting the state for billions of oil dollars,while giving the populace a few dollars in hush money.I want to thank the american people for helping in making Rush change his location and posting faux images of the staff he has working for his Oneworld Global Government outfit.

    August 12, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    What kind of BS is this? Ed Henry is a GOP/conservative apologist hack and you can see it on his face every time he smirks while reporting negative things about Obama or the Dems.

    This is exceedingly simple: Congresscritters take an oath. If Stevens' "word was his bond," he would not have violated ethical standards...ever...period.

    August 12, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    No Mr. Stevens was no "saint". Far from it. However it is gauche to speak ill of the dead. Suffice it to say that he left us Sarah Palin as part of his 'legacy'.

    Thanks, Senator Stevens. Rest in Peace if possible.

    August 12, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |