Flaherty weighs in on Kennedy's death

This statement just arrived in the inbox of supporters of mayoral candidate Michael Flaherty and is reprinted in full below. (He also includes a link set-up by the Office of Sen. Kennedy: http://www.tedkennedy.org/):

As you may have already learned, one of our country’s most beloved and dedicated public servants passed away last night after a long and difficult battle with cancer. It saddens me to have to write this because, like many of you, Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s career has impacted my life, both personally and professionally. His unwavering commitment to improving the quality of life for all residents is a remarkable testament to his character and it's this same commitment that I strive for every day.

Over the course of his tenure, Senator Kennedy has been a major advocate for civil rights, education reform and increasing the availability of quality healthcare coverage for people of all income levels. His legacy will be one of true patriotism and his strong presence in the United States Senate will be irreplaceable. Undoubtedly, his death is a major loss for our nation and our government, but I am confident that we will be able to move forward together and help to continue the good work that defined Senator Kennedy’s life.

Needless to say, this sad event has prompted the postponement of tonight’s mayoral debate on WBZ-TV Channel 4. The debate has been rescheduled for next Wednesday, September 2 at 7PM, but until then please take the time to remember this great man and everything that he did to make our country the great place that it is today.