ABC’s Rick Klein Once Almost Ran Over a Senator
It was back in his salad days as a rookie Capitol Hill reporter, and portable hand-technology had just become a thing, and also Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) was incredibly old:
I was new to the Capitol Hill beat, and The Boston Globe had just bought me one of these newfangled BlackBerrys.
I finished covering an event Senate Democrats held on the steps of the Capitol, when I started fiddling with my device while heading up the stairs. I ran square into a frail Sen. Byrd, who teetered for a moment before I grabbed him by the shoulders and averted tragedy.
Byrd died in 2010 at the age of 92 from natural causes, and not, thankfully, at the hands of Klein.
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