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May 13, 2007 8:53am CST
In the Senate, Gravel proved to be antiwar and a reliable liberal on most issues except the environment -- though he was an early crusader against nuclear testing, as an Alaskan, his political survival required him to support resource exploitation. Gravel also became known as a firebrand with an unorthodox style of doing business. Nancy Leonard, who worked as his representative on the Senate Finance Committee, says now that Gravel "didn't just dismiss an idea on the basis of 'We don't do things that way.' He'd think, 'Is there a way to do them differently?' ... He did a couple of really good things ... but he was never going to be one of those 'Let's dig down and burrow and figure out the rules here and see what we can accomplish day-to-day' senators."