Mormons remember Kennedy fondly

by | Aug. 28, 2009

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Sen. Ted Kennedy is being remembered fondly by many Mormons -- and Utah is even lowering flags in his honor -- which may be surprising, since he was a liberal politician often vilified by conservatives.

In fact, Steve Owens, son of the late Rep. Wayne Owens, D-Utah, who had been Kennedy's chief of staff, said he remembers Kennedy "used to ask my dad what he could do to help him in his races. My dad would say the best thing he could do was simply stay away."

Steve Owens said Utahns might be surprised to know how much Kennedy liked Utah and how often he visited, and how often he met with Mormon leaders.

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