On The Passing of Senator Bob Bennett
By Ken K. Gourdin
Utah recently lost a political giant and, more than that, a true gentleman and a very decent human being in former Senator Robert F. “Bob” Bennett. Mr. Bennett was unceremoniously kicked to the curb by Utah’s Goofy Old Party (and I apply that appellation as someone who leans conservative on social and fiscal issues) for daring to be (Gasp! ) bipartisan and attempting to reach across the aisle to actually get something consequential done in Washington.
As I have noted elsewhere on the blog, a similar fate befell former Utah Governor Olene Walker after she finished Governor Mike Leavitt’s final term when Mr. Leavitt was appointed Director of the Environmental Protection Agency and, later, Secretary of Health and Human Services in the administration of the younger President Bush. For my comments about Governor Walker and her treatment at the hands of the Goofy Old Party, see here (this and all other links accessed July 13, 2016:
Salt Lake Tribune religion reporter (and Bob Bennett’s niece) Peggy Fletcher Stack published reminiscences about her uncle after his passing. For Ms. Stack’s piece, see here:
Thank you for your reminiscences. Human interest is one of my favorite genres as a freelance journalist and writer, and you do it superbly here. Thank you for your courage to be vulnerable, which adds all the more to this piece. Your uncle’s treatment at the hands of the Goofy Old Party for daring to be (Gasp!) bipartisan was deplorable (and I say that as someone who leans conservative socially and fiscally). I have enormous respect for Bob Bennett, especially for the principled conviction that led him prioritize doing what’s right over politics.
Sincere condolences on the loss of your uncle.