by Madeleine Winer, The Courier-Journal –
Kentucky politicians joined those all over the country mourning the loss of Nancy Reagan, not just former President Ronald Reagan’s wife but also a fashion icon, actress and the woman behind the “Just Say No” anti-drug campaign of the 1980s.
Reagan, who died Sunday of congestive heart failure at the age of 94, played a pivotal role in her husband’s political rise and presidency, which Kentucky politicians recognized as they remembered her legacy.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issed a statement today saying while many Americans mourn the loss of Nancy Reagan, she and her husband are “together once more.” Ronald Reagan died in in 2004 after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for more than a decade.
“Elaine and I join the nation in mourning the loss of Nancy Reagan. In many ways the Reagan love story was classic Hollywood, but it was unmistakably human too. Hands intertwined, Nancy and Ron rose to the pinnacle of political power, weathered cancer and personal heartbreak, and braved the depths of Alzheimer’s cold embrace — always together. I know every American felt Nancy’s immense pain when she, kissing Ronnie’s casket, mouthed a tearful farewell to the best friend she once said she couldn’t imagine life without.
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul tweeted his condolences to the Reagan family today to the Reagan family.
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin called Nancy Reagan a “woman of great dignity” who will be missed.
Ryan Quarles, Kentucky’s agriculture commissioner, called Reagan a “class act.”