From The Hill of Aug. 17, 2005:
Jesse Helms: Bono's my buddyThis explains why President Carter's ancestors left North Carolina.
By Albert Eisele and Jeff Dufour
Former Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.) considers Irish rock star Bono “an enormously impressive gentleman” and a friend of his and his wife’s.
So says the conservative icon in his memoirs, Here’s Where I Stand, due out late this month.
Helms also puts to rest the rumor that he and President Carter were distantly related. “[A] careful tracing of the family tree,” he writes, revealed only a possibility that each of their ancestors were neighbors in rural North Carolina.
“It hasn’t always been clear which of us would have been less enthusiastic to see the other guy show up at a family reunion,” writes Helms, who retired after 30 years in the Senate and now lives with his wife, Dot, in Raleigh.
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