Ann W. Richards died September 13th, at her home in Austin.
Richards, a champion of women’s rights, once told a television audience, “Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels.”
This silver-haired Texas activist declared, “... in politics, your enemies can’t hurt you, but your friends can kill you.”
As Texas governor, Richards underestimated her Republican challenger George W. Bush and was upset in 1994. Later, Richards acknowledged that Bush had been much more effective at “staying on message” and made none of the mistakes that her campaign strategists had expected.
A voice for "New Texas" has been silenced.