Edward Brooke, First Black U.S. Senator Elected by Popular Vote, Dies
Edward Brooke, the Massachusetts Republican who was the first African-American to be popularly elected to the U.S. Senate, died on Saturday at the age of 95, the state Republican Party said.
When conservative idiots inevitably point out that he was elected as a Republican, they should be reminded that he was a liberal. Many are either too young to remember or never got involved before the African-American Democrat was elected but there used be liberal Republicans.
In the Senate, Brooke joined a small band of liberal Republicans who often went against the wishes of the Republican president, Richard Nixon.
Brooke opposed the buildup of troops in Vietnam, and later in the middle of the Watergate scandal, he became the first Republican senator to call for Nixon to resign.