Former U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman says he’ll attend the Wednesday funeral of former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens in Alaska.
On his Facebook page, Coleman said Stevens, a fellow Republican who served in the Senate for 40 years, “was tough as nails, but had a heart of gold.”
Coleman, who turns 61 today, served six years in the Senate with Stevens and wrote: “He was a man who dedicated his life to service of country. When we were in China together he was treated as a hero for his wartime exploits, flying in guns and supplies onto remote airstrips to help fight the Japanese.”
Vice President Joe Biden, too, is scheduled to attend the funeral in Anchorage. Others who served with Stevens in the Senate are expected, too, including Hawaii Democratic Sen. Daniel Inouye, who was particularly close to Stevens, according to Jerry Prevoto, pastor at Anchorage Baptist Temple, where Stevens’ funeral will be held.
Stevens died Aug. 9 in a plane crash in southwestern Alaska.