WASHINGTON-Senator Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), a Harvard-trained doctor, was elevated to Senate majority leader last month. "Tennessee credit unions and the Tennessee Credit Union League have had a longstanding and positive relationship with Bill Frist, going back to his days as a candidate for the U.S. Senate," CUNA President and CEO Dan Mica said in a statement. He also pointed out that Frist served on the Banking Committee during his first two years in office and has knowledge of credit union issues. "We look forward to deepening our relations with Senator Frist in his new role as Majority Leader," NAFCU Communications Manager John Zimmerman commented. Senator Trent Lott (R-Miss.) stepped aside surrounded by bad press and disgruntlement within the Republican Party after making allegedly racially offensive remarks during a party for retiring Senator Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.). In related news, last week while on vacation, Frist happened upon an accident scene and helped treat a family traveling on Interstate 95 in Florida that had flipped their sport utility vehicle.

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