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Commentary has a cool poster of Senator Edward Kennedy called “To Sail Against the Wind” that was given to some of us that supported him in 1980 when he ran for President. The poster hangs in the front office. There is also a picture of me and Senator Kennedy when he came to Texas for a conference and his office asked that I accompany him while he was in the state. I also have a cool photo of Senator Kennedy and me getting off of a plane in South Texas while we were campaigning for Mondale/Ferraro back in 1984. He was a great campaigner and back then the only Spanish he knew was the words to “Jalisco” that he revived when he was campaigning for Senator Obama last year.

In 1980, some of us took a little heat when we supported him against incumbent President Jimmy Carter. We stood with our folks as Kennedy overwhelmingly trounced Carter in Latino communities across the Lone Star State. When he came to Texas right before the Democratic Primary in 1980, we had a crowd that overflowed into the parking lot at Denver Harbor’s Resurrection Catholic Church for an evening rally. That day at noon, we also filled the Reflection Pool area outside of H-Town City Hall. I always wanted Senator Kennedy to be President but we all know why he wasn’t.

A few of his speeches rank among the best in American political history including his 1968 eulogy of his brother Bobby. Here is a bit:

“My brother need not be idealized, or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life; to be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it.

“Those of us who loved him and who take him to his rest today, pray that what he was to us and what he wished for others will some day come to pass for all the world.”

And of course, arguably the greatest convention speech of all time from 1980 – I was there and here is how it ended:

“For me, a few hours ago, this campaign came to an end.

“For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.”

I have his convention speech on an album that they gave us right after the convention. It is one of my most cherished political treasures.

I’m glad I knew him and supported him.

"The whole state of Texas should be celebrating with us. That was the biggest, most chaotic, moronic thing when they went through that Texas two-step." This is what a LULAC lawyer said after Latino groups kicked the arse of the Lone Star State Dem Party on the Two Step deal in federal court yesterday. Hey, that’s what folks were saying the night of Step Numero 2.

There is an article in today’s Chron on the H-Town mayoral race. Commentary got some run so check it out.

Here is what Annise Parker’s spokeswoman sent me about my take on texting while driving yesterday: “Annise did speak out against texting and driving on August 4 at the Young Leaders Mayoral Forum.”

In order to reach Cecil Puede’s goal of 90 wins, we’re going to have to go 29-8 the rest of the way which is going to prove difficult since we still have five left against the Cards and seven against the Phillies – both first place teams – yikes! It was worth watching as Wandy barely lost out to Adam Wainwright last night – 1 zip – ouch!

 

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