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noonwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-27-06 07:38 AM
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Maryann Mahaffey died last night (Detroit City Council)
She had been sick for a while with leukemia. She was on the City Council for decades. Before that, she served on the school board.
She was a great democrat and was greatly beloved by the people of Detroit.
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SharonRB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-27-06 07:57 AM
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1. That's so sad.
I just saw her a few weeks ago when I went to hear Bernie Sanders speak.
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butterfly77 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-28-06 04:30 PM
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2. Good woman....
God Bless her soul
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Strawman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-02-06 04:08 PM
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3. Excellent Lessenberry article on Maryann Mahaffey in today's MT
Edited on Wed Aug-02-06 04:24 PM by Strawman

You know, after reading this wonderful article about Maryann Mahaffey, I came across a thread in GD about Lamont and Lieberman both trying to get Al Sharpton's endorsement (Lamont got it) and it struck me how typically cynical they were being when it comes to white politicians and black voters (yes even among our precious Democrats) and how unique someone like Maryann Mahaffey truly was. I don't think Maryann Mahaffey ever needed Al Sharpton to come and campaign for her to get the most votes of any candidate for council as a white woman running for office in a city that is 80% black. All these other pols seem to care about is the black vote and getting endorsements from people with credibility in the black community who can deliver support by proxy. It reminds me of that Stevie Wonder song Big Brother. Every heard that one? "You just come to visit me round election time.." Remember that line?

Maryann Mahaffey was different. She earned the support of African-Americans (and everyone else in the city) by simply doing her job the way it's supposed to be done in a democratic system and actually serving her constituents and standing up for their interests and not just caving in to those of the rich, powerful, and influential (What a novel concept!). She believed it was her job to fight for the people and not just play games to further her own ambition. She got her credibility by earning it through her own words and her own deeds. She didn't have to contract out the job to Al Sharpton.
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annarbor Donating Member (543 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-02-06 08:21 PM
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4. Thank you for the article....
What a fantastic tribute to such a wonderful woman. I grew up in Detroit and was eleven year's-old when Maryann Mahaffey was first elected to City Council. My parents absolutely adored and respected the woman, and as I got older I completely understood why.

She will be sorely missed by all who had the opportunity to have her as their council person.

Ann Arbor

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