Former Texas Governor Ann Richards dies

From the Austin Statesman:

Former Texas Gov. Ann Richards, the witty and flamboyant Democrat who went from homemaker to national political celebrity, died Wednesday night at her home surrounded by her family after a battle with cancer, a family spokeswoman said. She was 73.

Richards was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in March and underwent chemotherapy treatments.

Her four adult children spent the day with her, said Cathy Bonner, a longtime family friend and family spokeswoman.

“They’re a strong group of people but they’re broken-hearted, of course,” Bonner said.

Political leaders remembered Richards Wednesday night for her leadership.

“We’ve lost a little bit of that mystique and that wonderfulness that so captivates the rest of this country about Texas,” former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk said. “She was a wonderful spirit, a great fighter and humanitarian, and a political leader of enormous courage and compassion and a wonderful inspiration to so many Texans for so many reasons.”

Gov. Rick Perry described Richards as “the epitome of Texas politics: a figure larger than life who had a gift for captivating the public with her great wit.”  more

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I never met Governor Richards.  I always admired her.  She pushed for a progressive agenda before the word was popular.  She will be missed.

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  1. There is unfortunately too few people with the wit and sense of humor that she had and far too many that take themselves far too seriously.
    Ann Richards on How to Be a Good Republican:
    1. You have to believe that the nation’s current 8-year prosperity was due to the work of Ronald Reagan and George Bush, but yesterday’s gasoline prices are all Clinton’s fault.
    2. You have to believe that those privileged from birth achieve success all on their own.
    3. You have to be against all government programs, but expect Social Security checks on time.
    4. You have to believe that AIDS victims deserve their disease, but smokers with lung cancer and overweight individuals with heart disease don’t deserve theirs.
    5. You have to appreciate the power rush that comes with sporting a gun.
    6. You have to believe…everything Rush Limbaugh says.
    7. You have to believe that the agricultural, restaurant, housing and hotel industries can survive without immigrant labor.
    8. You have to believe God hates homosexuality, but loves the death penalty.
    9. You have to believe society is color-blind and growing up black in America doesn’t diminish your opportunities, but you still won’t vote for Alan Keyes.
    10. You have to believe that pollution is OK as long as it makes a profit.
    11. You have to believe in prayer in schools, as long as you don’t pray to Allah or Buddha.
    12. You have to believe Newt Gingrich and Henry Hyde were really faithful husbands.
    13. You have to believe speaking a few Spanish phrases makes you instantly popular in the barrio.
    14. You have to believe that only your own teenagers are still virgins.
    15. You have to be against government interference in business, until your oil company, corporation or Savings and Loan is about to go broke and you beg for a government bail out.
    16. You love Jesus and Jesus loves you and, by the way, Jesus shares your hatred for AIDS victims, homosexuals, and President Clinton.
    17. You have to believe government has nothing to do with providing police protection, national defense, and building roads.
    18. You have to believe a poor, minority student with a disciplinary history and failing grades will be admitted into an elite private school with a $1,000 voucher

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