When partisanship blankets Washington and gridlock reigns, senators say that personal relationships across the aisle are a fundamental element of how the chamber works.
The late Sen. Kennedy was named often by the Republicans as someone they liked to work with on legislation.
No one knew Kennedy better and learned more from him about the power of personal relationships than Sen. Chris Dodd. He served with Kennedy for 30 years, and the two were as close as brothers. When Republicans held the majority, Kennedy’s uncanny ability to charm GOP senators into bipartisan deals flummoxed Republican leaders, Dodd said.