Segregationist Democrat Richard Russell’s name continues to adorn the Senate’s oldest office building, despite promises by top senators that this would be the year they finally erased it and replaced it with the name of their newly departed colleague Sen. John McCain.
“Nothing will overcome the loss of Senator McCain, but so that generations remember him I will be introducing a resolution to rename the Russell building after him,” Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, said on Twitter just after McCain’s office announced his death.
Four months later, the resolution was never introduced. McCain does have some memorials, including the John McCain guided-missile destroyer, already named after his father and grandfather, both admirals, which also became the senator’s namesake, and one of the terminals of Sky Harbor International Airport, which was renamed last year after McCain.
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