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Attorney Coleman remembers Ted Kennedy

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  Albany attorney and former Georgia Democratic Party chairman Tommy Coleman said Senator Ted Kennedy won't easily be replaced in the Senate.

Coleman remembers going up against Ted Kennedy when he ran against President Carter. Coleman said as footage ran on news programs this morning he remembered being in Washington and listening to some of the Senator's speeches.

 He says Kennedy had a way of bridging political divides.

"That's a unique characteristic that a lot of times Senators and people of high authority don't have, to see the human side of your colleagues and understand what makes them tick and what makes them make the decisions they are," said Coleman. "Only when you have that understanding to forge the kind of compromises necessary to pass legislation and ordinances."

He said Kennedy had big shoes to fill when he replaced his brother John Kennedy in the Senate, but he filled them well.

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