Washington » Senate Banking Chairman Chris Dodd launched Monday into what is expected to be a slew of political eulogies, praising Sen. Bob Bennett as a senator who was always willing to listen to suggestions or good ideas.
"He's a thoughtful, considerate individual," Dodd, D-Conn., said on the Senate floor. "He's deliberate in his views, accessible with your ideas, and in my view it will be a loss for the institution he won't be back here. [And] that's coming from a Democrat on this side of the aisle."
Bennett lost his bid for a fourth term Saturday, when Utah Republicans ousted him at their state convention.
Dodd, who is retiring from the Senate after this year, said that he and Bennett often disagreed on issues but that he was always amiable as a colleague.
"He's played an invaluable role, a critical role at critical junctures over the last number of years that I've served with him," Dodd said. "I realize that's probably not appropriate ... Democrats making comments about Republican races, but Bob Bennett is one fine United States senator."