Thursday, September 14, 2006

Ann Richards 1933 - 2006

“Poor George [Bush], he can't help it. He was born with a silver foot in his mouth.”

"I've always said that in politics, your enemies can't hurt you, but your friends will kill you. "

"I am delighted to be here with you this evening because after listening to George Bush all these years, I figured you needed to know what a real Texas accent sounds like."

"Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels."
Ms. Richards rose to the governorship with a come-from-behind victory over millionaire cowboy Clayton Williams in 1990. She cracked a decades-long 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, Ms. Richards championed what she called the "New Texas," appointing more women and more minorities to state posts than any of her predecessors had.

She appointed the first black University of Texas regent; the first crime victim to join the state Criminal Justice Board; the first person with a disability to serve on the human services board and the first teacher to lead the State Board of Education. Under Ms. Richards, the Texas Rangers pinned stars on their first black and female officers.
Much more on how other bloggers are remembering Ann Richards here and more memories here.