U.S. Sen. John McCain was temporarily in hot water last election cycle for earlier bipartisan efforts that generated antipathy among conservative Republicans, but that didn’t stop him from a lengthy and glowing farewell to his Wisconsin counterpart, Russ Feingold, on the Senate floor Tuesday morning.
McCain said the “Senate will be a much poorer place” without Feingold in it, and predicted Feingold’s absence will mean “fewer occasions of inspiration” for him in his next term.
Feingold, perhaps best known to Arizonans as the Democrat who teamed up with McCain on a controversial campaign finance bill, lost his seat to wealthy GOP businessman Ron Johnson.
“I have every expectation we will remain good friends long after we have both ended our Senate careers,” McCain continued, in closing. “But I will miss him here. Every day. And I will try harder to become half the public servant he is. Because his friendship is an honor, and honors come with responsibilities.”