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By Niels Lesniewski Posted at 7:44 p.m. on Dec. 10, 2012
Retiring Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson might have given Majority Leader Harry Reid his share of legislative headaches over the years, but at the end of the day, he has a great head of hair and he likes to sing, so he can’t be all bad.
“I mean, that is a mop of real hair,” the Nevada Democrat said of Nelson. “It’s often that people call his office, email his office; they believe he has a toupee. It’s his hair. He’ll pull it for you any time just to show that it’s real. He has hair like a 15-year-old.”
Neither Reid nor the senator presiding at the time, Vermont Democrat Patrick J. Leahy, has hair as abundant as Nelson.
Once he got past the hair, Reid also praised Nelson’s musical talents, recalling a song Nelson recorded for charity called “Western Town.” The song was included on a CD that was sold to raise money to support programs for blind children.
“He was one of a dozen Nebraska celebrities to record songs for this charity. I obtained a copy of this and played it at the Democrat Caucus a few years ago. It was really a hit,” Reid said. “He was singing. It was his voice. It was very good.”
Reid then recited the lyrics to the song, but Nelson’s dulcet tones can now be easily found online.
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