In a farewell letter to the American public, former Senator Bob Dole, who passed away at 98 years old this week of lung cancer, mocked Chicago’s long history of allowing dead people to vote in elections.
Robin Dole, Dole’s daughter, read the tribute during her speech at his funeral in the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. on Friday.
“As I make the final walk on my life’s journey, I do so without fear. Because I know that I will, again, not be walking alone. I know that God will be walking with me,” the late senator wrote. “I also confess that I’m a bit curious to learn and find if I am correct in thinking that heaven will look a lot like Kansas and to see, like others who have gone before me, if I will still be able to vote in Chicago.”
Bob Dole statement being read by daughter includes joke about Chicago’s notorious problems with election integrity. Says he’ll now be voting from there.
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) December 10, 2021
From Bob Dole's farewell letter: "I'm a bit curious to learn if I am correct in thinking that Heaven will look a lot like Kansas.
…And to see, like others who have gone before me, if I will still be able to vote in Chicago."
Absolute legend 😂 pic.twitter.com/U1IvAABZ9v
— Abigail Marone 🇺🇸 (@abigailmarone) December 10, 2021
The jab at the Democrat-run city’s reputation for keeping messy voter rolls that allow dead people to cast votes in elections past their recorded death date was met with hearty laughs from the crowd.
In the rest of her eulogy, Robin recounted the hours she spent talking on the phone with her dad and all of the treasured memories they shared. She said he was her “rock.”
“My dad is the most generous person I have ever known. He was a giver, not a taker. He cared more about others than he did about himself,” Robin said. “He’s always been there for me through thick and through thin. He always had my back, even when I made mistakes, and believe me I made quite a few. He believes in giving second chances and I know that firsthand.”