Coloradans praise Ted Kennedy, a friend and champion |

Coloradans praise Ted Kennedy, a friend and champion

Lynn Bartels
The Denver Post
DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION DAY ONE PEPSI CENTER. Senator Edward M. Kennedy is greeted by Nancy Pelosi after speaking at the DNC. Andy Cross, The Denver Post

Ted Kennedy’s affection for Colorado began when he served as the Rocky Mountain States coordinator for his brother’s 1960 presidential campaign.

After that, he returned whenever possible to vacation, especially to ski.

“He had a great love for Colorado,” recalled Kennedy’s former press secretary, Tom Southwick, now of Morrison.

The U.S. senator’s last visit to Colorado came in August 2008 when, battling brain cancer, he made a surprise appearance at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

“It sent a chill down everybody’s spine,” said his close friend Norm Brownstein, a Denver attorney.

Gov. Bill Ritter quoted from Kennedy’s speech when paying tribute.

“I will forever be inspired by the words he spoke at the Democratic National Convention in Colorado on Aug. 25, 2008, exactly one year before his death: ‘The work begins anew. The hope rises again. And the dream lives on,’ ” Ritter said.

Former Colorado Sen. Gary Hart said he already missed Kennedy’s laughter.

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