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Thursday, September 14th 2006

Ann Richards Leaves Us

Former Texas Governor Ann Richards (D) has passed away.

Former Texas Gov. Ann Richards, a darling of the Democratic Party, champion for women and minorities in government and famous for her sharp humor, has died after a battle with esophageal cancer. She was 73.

The silver-haired Richards rose to nationwide prominence when, as state treasurer, she gave the keynote address at her party’s 1988 national convention. She sealed her partisan reputation with a blast at then-Vice President George H.W. Bush, saying: “Poor George, he can’t help it. He was born with a silver foot in his mouth.”

For more on Richards, and for more on esophageal cancer.