Saturday, March 26, 2011

Godspeed, Gereldine Ferraro

There are times when the Political Blogosphere (Right and Left) comes together. 

FERRARO, Geraldine Anne, a Representative from New York; born in Newburgh, Orange County, N.Y., August 26, 1935; graduated from Marymount School, Tarrytown, N.Y., 1952; B.A., Marymount College, New York, N.Y., 1956; J.D., Fordham University School of Law, New York, N.Y., 1960; lawyer, private practice; assistant district attorney, Queens County, N.Y., 1974-1978; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-sixth and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1979-January 3, 1985); was not a candidate for reelection to the Ninety-ninth Congress in 1984, but was the unsuccessful Democratic candidate for Vice President of the United States; fellow of the Institute of Politics, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., 1988-1992; president, International Institute for Women’s Political Leadership; unsuccessful candidate for nomination to the United States Senate in 1992 and 1998; permanent member, United Nations Commission on Human Rights, 1993-1996; is a resident of Forest Hills, N.Y.

When the 1988 Dukakis campaign came to Austin Street (To hat tip Ferraro), I don't know of anyone who stayed in school that day.

And today, because of Geraldine Ferraro's ground breaking campaign, we now have Governor Palin looking for the top of the ticket in 2012.  Here is what Governor Palin wrote:

My family and I would like to express our sincere condolences to the family of Geraldine Ferraro. When I had the honor of working alongside Geraldine on election night last year, we both discussed the role of women in politics and our excited expectation that someday that final glass ceiling would be shattered by the election of a woman president. She was an amazing woman who dedicated her life to public service as a teacher, prosecutor, Congresswoman, and Vice Presidential candidate. She broke one huge barrier and then went on to break many more. The world will miss her. May she rest in peace and may her example of hard work and dedication to America continue to inspire all women.

And finally, a speech by Ferraro:

G-dspeed from another former Forest Hills resident.
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