As an Austinite and a woman, I have always revered Governor Ann Richards.

She was extraordinary and her loss has been enormous.

I just read an endorsement of Barack Obama by her daughter Cecile Richards on behalf of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund entitled What Would Ann Do?

In her famous speech at the Democratic convention twenty years ago, Mom said, “I think of all the things that never would have happened and all the people who would have been left behind if we had not reasoned, and fought, and won those battles together.” Like Hillary, she would be imploring all voters to not let this moment slip away. She would agree that we have come too far and accomplished too much. Let’s link arms and get on with the future, she’d say. It’s time to elect Barack Obama president.