Monday, March 28, 2011
By now, you know Ferraro died over the weekend. She was 75.
Geraldine Ferraro was the first woman ever on a major party presidential ticket. She made a campaign appearance in downtown Scranton in the fall of '84. I was on the radio back then, part of WARM 590'S "team coverage." One of my co-workers, Kitch Loftus, handled the actual speech. My job was street reaction and the news conference Bishop James Timlin gave later in the day.
Ferraro was pro choice, and that angered the bishop. He called a news conference to let everyone know about it. Some of the national media that covered Ferraro stuck around, and made the short trip up Wyoming Avenue to visit the bishop. It wasn't pretty. Timlin seemed uncomfortable mixing religion and politics. Some network reporters, including Phil Jones of CBS, seized on that. The out of town media were relentless. I didn't think it was the bishop's finest hour. Bishop Timlin is a nice, charming and charismatic man, whether or not you agree with him That news conference just didn't work. It wasn't the right forum. The bishop's message was lost.
After she left the house, Ferraro did some political punditry, and she was very good. Forceful, able to make a point without being excessively wordy.
As we look back, Geraldine Ferraro's visit was one of the events that cemented northeastern Pennsylvania's reputation as the pro life capitol of the world.
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