Saturday, January 3, 2015
I hadn't long been back in the region when our Dem Chair took me to an event where Mario Cuomo was speaking. He talked about "Why I Am a Democrat," and by the end, I was a forever fan, despite having been turned off by earlier encounters in NYC during the Cuomo v. Koch years. I wish that speech were captured somewhere, anywhere—bits and pieces of it appear in other speeches, but I would love to read and reread the whole. I wept, and then I was a complete blithering idiot when I got to shake his hand, but his words stirred me like no live speech has before or since.