U.S. Senator Mel Martinez (R-FL) today issued a statement following his learning of the passing of U.S. Senator Edward M. "Ted" Kennedy (D-MA).
The senator said:
"I am deeply saddened by my colleague's death. Ted was an icon of passionate public service and gave selflessly to our nation. I came to know him well through our work on immigration reform where he was a tough negotiator, and someone who knew how to reach bipartisan agreement for the good of an issue. He will be remembered as the Lion of the Senate for his voice, his style, his work, and his allegiance to always do what he thought was best for our country. Kitty and I offer our condolences and Senator Kennedy's family is in our thoughts and prayers."