Geraldine Ferraro, a New York Congresswoman and first female vice-presidential candidate on a major party ticket, died last night. Ms. Ferraro was 75 years old. According to reports Ms. Ferraro died of blood cancer. Her family released the following statement:
Geraldine Anne Ferraro Zaccaro was widely known as a leader, a fighter for justice, and a tireless advocate for those without a voice. To us, she was a wife, mother, grandmother and aunt, a woman devoted to and deeply loved by her family. Her courage and generosity of spirit throughout her life waging battles big and small, public and personal, will never be forgotten and will be sorely missed.
While Ms. Ferraro was a leader in Democratic organizations, it should be noted, she broke ranks with her party 2001, when she endorsed Republican Jeanine Pirro for Westchester County District Attorney.