I’ve always thought Nancy Pelosi was one tough woman. She would never have allowed her caucus to do to her what is happening to John Boehner and she knows how to count her votes. I remember watching C-SPAN during the votes for health care – that was a cliff hanger – but I knew that before it came to the follower Speaker Pelosi had counted her votes. Maybe it would be close, but it would pass. I don’t know if she will want to stick around long enough for the Democrats to take back the majority again, but she has women coming up behind her. I’m not talking members of Congress here like Patty Murray and Tammy Duckworth, to name only two of many, but at the state and local level.
I was reminded of this by a story in the Daily Beast yesterday. What first caught my eye was that one of the pictures is of my former boss and current Boston Mayoral candidate, Charlotte Golar Richie.
The story by Patricia Murphy begins
They’re fierce, they’re fearless, and they’re shaking up races and state houses across the country. Meet the new breed of Democratic women who make no apologies for themselves, their beliefs, or their party.
The article says this about Charlotte
In 2000 The Boston Globe wrote, “People who matter in politics predict that Charlotte Golar Richie will be the first black mayor of Boston.” Thirteen years later the former adviser to Mayor Tom Menino and Gov. Deval Patrick, onetime state legislator, and nonprofit executive is finally making a run at the Globe’s prediction in a crowded Democratic field. At a recent campaign rally, she danced herself onto the stage and told the crowd, “If you really want to make change, you can’t be sitting on the sidelines, people! You’ve got to be in it to win it. And I’m in it.” As for the chance to be the first woman to run the city, Golar Richie said, “Women in politics have been dutiful followers. Now it’s my turn. It’s our turn.”
As with the two others in the top row with her, Alison Lundergan Grimes and Wendy Davis, Charlotte is in a tough race. Actually Davis hasn’t said yet if she is running for re-election as Texas state rep or will run for governor, but Lundergan Grimes is taking on Mitch McConnell in Kentucky.
Like Christine Quinn who is running for mayor in New York City (bottom right), Charlotte is the woman in a race for with a lot of the candidates – all men. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if New York and Boston both elect their first women mayors this year? Nancy Pelosi will be proud and the Republicans who like to rail against her will have lost again.
- July 28: Boston Lawyers Group, Charlotte Golar Richie, and the NAACP (wcvb.com)
- Wendy Davis, Kamala Harris, Chris Taylor & More Tough Democratic Women (kstreet607.com)
- Nancy Pelosi: Women don’t deserve ‘burden of child care’ (bizpacreview.com)
- Pelosi: “It is as if some people here don’t have a mother, a wife, a sister, a daughter” (voices.suntimes.com)