The LuLac Edition #1521, March 27th, 2011
Geraldine Ferraro, the first major female vice presidential candidate, passed away on Saturday. Ferraro died of complications from blood cancer at Massachusetts General Hospital. Ferraro was the first woman and first Italian-American to run on a major party national ticket. According to a statement released by her family, she died surrounded by her loved ones after battling multiple myeloma for twelve years. After first being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1978, she went on to serve New York's ninth congressional district for three terms. Ferraro ran as Walter Mondale's running mate in the 1984 presidential election. Delegates in San Francisco erupted in cheers at the first line of her speech accepting the vice-presidential nomination. Attorney Mike Cefalo was delegate at that convention and at the time told the press that the Ferraro speech brought all delegations to their feet: "My name is Geraldine Ferraro," she declared. "I stand before you to proclaim tonight: America is the land where dreams can come true for all of us." Her acceptance speech launched eight minutes of cheers, foot-stamping and tears.
When Walter Mondale picked Geraldine Ferraro, he shook up the Presidential race of 1984 briefly. But in picking Ferraro he helped set a precedent where there was no turning back. Since Ferraro’s selection, there have been three female Secretaries of State, three more female Supreme Court Justices and another woman who ran on a national party ticket. Her legacy is that growth of women in national positions of responsibility. Ferraro didn’t help much in the Reagan landslide of ’84 but like most pioneers she laid the foundation for the good of what was to come in terms of gender politics. Plus she didn’t take any guff from then Vice President George Bush in this debate in the fall of ’84.
Booty’s Campaign Fundraiser -
Meet & Greet: ATTORNEY PAULA RADICK.
WHEN: April 4, 2011 6-8pm
WHERE: Booty’s (Church Hill Mall and Hazle Township)
Includes buffet dinner
If you’ve never been to Booty’s, you have to go. The place and the food are incredible. And I’m sure the good Attorney will keep the speeches brief.
NO APRIL FOOL
GOP candidate Jim McMonagle is setting up his run for Judge in Luzerne County. Here’s news on a meet and greet:
Meet Jim McMonagle Judicial Candidate for Luzerne County
Friday, April 1 at 6:00pm
Location: Lake Side Skillet, Harveys Lake.