Byrd: You Can't Believe Everything You Read In The Papers

Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.), the longest serving senator in U.S. history, is downplaying a report in Politico today that Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is preparing to replace him as Appropriations Committee chairman.

“I learned a long time ago you can’t believe everything you read in the papers, especially here in Washington," Byrd said in a statement sent to WSAZ, a TV station in Huntington, W.Va. “I am totally focused on electing Barack Obama as president and Anne Barth as congresswoman in next week's elections. And in my capacity as chairman of the Appropriations Committee, I continue to craft a potential second stimulus package that will benefit Main Street America.”

Byrd's office declined repeated attempts to comment for the Politico article.