‘Senator No’ not meant as compliment (Jesse Helms, August 29, 2005, Washington Times)
The Raleigh News & Observer dubbed me “Senator No.” It wasn’t meant as a compliment, but I certainly took it as one.
There was plenty to stand up and say “No” to during my first of five terms representing the people of North Carolina in the U.S. Senate.
That was why I had sought election in 1972 — to try to derail the freight train of liberalism that was gaining speed toward its destination of “government-run” everything, paid for with big tax bills and record debt.
My goal, when my wife, Dot, and I decided I would run, was to stick to my principles and stand up for conservative ideals. […]
My staff wasn’t always as thick-skinned as I was. One new aide was all set to fire off a response to a highly critical editorial. I had to tell him, “Son, just so you understand: I don’t care what the New York Times says about me. And nobody I care about cares what the New York Times says about me.”
Feisty Helms Defends Stances in Book (Associated Press, August 30, 2005)