Obit of the Day (Breaking): Geraldine Ferraro
The first woman to run for vice-president of the United States, Geraldine Ferraro, has died. She was the running mate for Walter Mondale, himself a former VP, under Jimmy Carter. They lost the 1984 election handily to incumbent Ronld Reagan, winning only Minnesota (Mondale’s home state) and Washington, DC.
Ferraro was a three-term Congresswoman when she was selected for Mondale’s ticket. As much as Dems and the GOP wouldn’t want to compare her to Sarah Palin, Mondale chose Ferraro to give his poll numbers a boost and Ferraro often outdrew him on the campaign. After her loss returned to the law. She ran twice for Senate from New York and lost, once to now Senator Chuck Schumer. She was also named, by Bill Clinton as US ambassador to the UN Human Rights Commission.
Her husband John Zaccaro was convicted of fraud and her son John, Jr. was arrested for selling cocaine. Both of these hurt her personally, and politically.
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