Good night, Ann
Ann Richards passes away. What a character.
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 â€” especially women and minorities who were often ignored by Texas’ male-dominated establishment.
…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 lost the governorship to the Chimp in 1994, which began his incredible political ascendancy despite the meager skill set we’ve been subjected to as a country for the last six years. One can only do a “what if” — had she whipped his ass and sent him home to Mommy.