Ann W. Richards died September 13th, 2006 at her home in Austin.
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
This silver-haired Texas activist declared, “... in politics, your enemies can’t hurt you, but your friends can kill you.”
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.