Sunday, March 27, 2011

Geraldine Ferraro: 1935-2011

On Saturday, Geraldine Ferraro passed away at the age of 75 after a 12 year battle with multiple myeloma.

A Democrat from New York State, Ferraro was a teacher and attorney before entering politics. After serving as a New York Congresswoman, Ferraro was chosen by Democrat Water Mondale to be his running mate in 1984, becoming the first woman to be placed in that position. Post-elected office, Ferraro bounced between punditry, government relations and law. Even though not in an elected office, she still made headlines.

Geraldine Ferraro was always a fairly liberal Democrat, but as she aged and in her appearances on CNN and FNC, she showed herself to be pretty open-minded, intellectually honest and classy. She put party labels aside to defend women in politics who were unfairly criticized. One such appearance where she exhibited this class and intellectual honesty was on Election Night 2010, where she appeared on the Fox News Channel with Sarah Palin, the first and only time the two female running mates would ever appear together on camera.

Party label aside, Geraldine Ferraro was a trailblazer and will be missed by those in American Politics. "The 'Right' Solutions" remembers her contribution to American politics and offers its prayers to her family on this solemn day.

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