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Re: [prezveepsenator] Former Texas Gov. Ann Richards, 73, dies

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    I ll miss her.. She was good for Texas and good for the country. Tom ... http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/09/13/richards.obit.ap/index.html
    Message 1 of 4 , Sep 14, 2006
      I'll miss her.. She was good for Texas and good for
      the country.


      --- Greg Cannon <gregcannon1@...> wrote:

      > Former Texas Gov. Ann Richards, 73, dies
      > POSTED: 11:49 p.m. EDT, September 13, 2006
      > AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Former Gov. Ann Richards, the
      > witty and flamboyant Democrat who went from
      > homemaker
      > to national political celebrity, died Wednesday
      > night
      > after a battle with cancer, a family spokeswoman
      > said.
      > She was 73.
      > She died at home surrounded by her family, the
      > spokeswoman said. Richards was found to have
      > esophageal cancer in March and underwent
      > chemotherapy
      > treatments.
      > The silver-haired, silver-tongued Richards said she
      > entered politics to help others -- especially women
      > and minorities who were often ignored by Texas'
      > male-dominated establishment. (Watch how Richards
      > took
      > the national stage -- 4:04)
      > "I did not want my tombstone to read, 'She kept a
      > really clean house.' I think I'd like them to
      > remember
      > me by saying, 'She opened government to everyone,' "
      > Richards said shortly before leaving office in
      > January
      > 1995.
      > She was governor for one term, losing her
      > re-election
      > bid to Republican George W. Bush.
      > Her four adult children spent Wednesday with her,
      > said
      > family spokeswoman Cathy Bonner, a longtime family
      > friend.
      > "They're a strong group of people but they're
      > brokenhearted, of course," Bonner said.
      > Her family said as governor she was most proud of
      > two
      > actions that probably cost her re-election. She
      > vetoed
      > legislation that would allow people to carry
      > concealed
      > handguns, automatic weapons and "cop-killer
      > bullets."
      > She also vetoed a bill that would have allowed the
      > destruction of the environment over the Edwards
      > Aquifer.
      > Joking on a national stage
      > She grabbed the national spotlight with her keynote
      > address at the 1988 Democratic National Convention
      > when she was the Texas state treasurer. Richards won
      > cheers from delegates when she reminded them that
      > Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, "only
      > backwards and in high heels."
      > Richards sealed her partisan reputation with a blast
      > at George H. W. Bush, a fellow Texan who was vice
      > president at the time: "Poor George, he can't help
      > it.
      > He was born with a silver foot in his mouth."
      > Four years later, she was chairwoman of the
      > Democratic
      > convention that nominated Bill Clinton for
      > president.
      > Richards rose to the governorship with a
      > come-from-behind victory over millionaire cowboy
      > Clayton Williams in 1990. She cracked a half-century
      > male grip on the governor's mansion and celebrated
      > by
      > holding up a T-shirt that showed the state Capitol
      > and
      > read: "A woman's place is in the dome."
      > In four years as governor, Richards championed what
      > she called the "New Texas," appointing more women
      > and
      > more minorities to state posts than any of her
      > predecessors.
      > She appointed the first black University of Texas
      > regent; the first crime victim to join the state
      > Criminal Justice Board; the first disabled person to
      > serve on the human services board; and the first
      > teacher to lead the State Board of Education. Under
      > Richards, the fabled Texas Rangers pinned stars on
      > their first black and female officers.
      > She polished Texas' image, courted movie producers,
      > championed the North American Free Trade Agreement,
      > oversaw an expansion of the state prison system, and
      > presided over rising student achievement scores and
      > plunging dropout rates.
      > She took time out to celebrate her 60th birthday by
      > earning her motorcycle driver's license.
      > Life after the governor's mansion
      > Throughout her years in office, her personal
      > popularity remained high. One poll put it at more
      > than
      > 60 percent the year she lost to Bush.
      > "I may have lost the race," Richards said after the
      > defeat. "But I don't think I lost the good feelings
      > that people have about me in this state. That's
      > tremendously reassuring to me."
      > Richards went on to give speeches, work as a
      > commentator for CNN and serve as a senior adviser in
      > the New York office of Public Strategies Inc., an
      > Austin-based consulting firm.
      > In her last 10 years, Richards worked for many
      > social
      > causes and helped develop the Ann Richards School
      > for
      > Young Women Leaders, scheduled to open in Austin in
      > 2007.
      > Born in Lakeview, Texas, in 1933, Richards grew up
      > near Waco, married civil rights lawyer David
      > Richards
      > and spent her early adulthood volunteering in
      > campaigns and raising four children. She often said
      > the hardest job she ever had was as a public school
      > teacher at Fulmore Junior High School in Austin.
      > Richards served on the Travis County Commissioners
      > Court in Austin for six years before jumping to a
      > bigger arena in 1982. Her election as state
      > treasurer
      > made her the first woman elected statewide in nearly
      > 50 years.
      > But politics took a toll. It helped break up her
      > marriage. And public life forced her to be
      > remarkably
      > candid about her 1980 treatment for alcoholism.
      > "I had seen the very bottom of life," she once
      > recalled. "I was so afraid I wouldn't be funny
      > anymore. I just knew that I would lose my zaniness
      > and
      > my sense of humor. But I didn't. Recovery turned out
      > to be a wonderful thing."
      > The 1990 election was rough. Her Democratic primary
      > opponent, then-Attorney General Jim Mattox, accused
      > her of using illegal drugs. Williams, an oilman,
      > banker and rancher, spent millions of his own money
      > on
      > the race she narrowly won.
      > After her unsuccessful re-election campaign against
      > Bush, Richards said she never missed being in public
      > office.
      > Asked once what she might have done differently had
      > she known she was going to be a one-term governor,
      > Richards grinned.
      > "Oh, I would probably have raised more hell."
      > Survivors include her children, Cecile Richards,
      > Daniel Richards, Clark Richards and Ellen Richards;
      > their spouses; and eight grandchildren.
    • Ram Lau
      I wonder why Clinton didn t make her an ambassador after she lost the governorship. She d have made a great ambassador, wouldn t she? Ram
      Message 2 of 4 , Sep 14, 2006
        I wonder why Clinton didn't make her an ambassador after she lost the
        governorship. She'd have made a great ambassador, wouldn't she?

        I know that she wanted to leave public life, so maybe she wasn t interested.. don t really know if there were any offers but I agree she would have been
        Message 3 of 4 , Sep 14, 2006
          I know that she wanted to leave public life, so maybe
          she wasn't interested.. don't really know if there
          were any offers but I agree she would have been
          great... I think she felt it was time to make some
          money. She's a homegirl from Austin, so it was a fun
          career to watch blossom.. she used to say ' you can
          put lipstick on a hog and call her Monique, but it's
          still a hog,'when pols tried to use smoke and mirrors.


          --- Ram Lau <ramlau@...> wrote:

          > I wonder why Clinton didn't make her an ambassador
          > after she lost the
          > governorship. She'd have made a great ambassador,
          > wouldn't she?
          > Ram
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