Skip to main content

Long-time Democratic activist Midge Costanza died Tuesday in San Diego after a long battle with cancer.  She was 77.

http://www.signonsandiego.com/...

A strong advocate for gay and women's rights, Midge was best known nationally for her service as the highest ranking woman in the Carter Administration.  Upon moving to San Diego in 1990, she became involved in state and local politics, managing campaigns for Barbara Boxer for Senate in 1992 and Kathleen Brown for governor in 1994.  As to be expected from someone born in New York state to Sicilian parents, she was feisty, dynamic, and colorful and was a popular speaker. As part of her efforts to get more women and young people involved in politics and with social causes, she established the Midge Costanza Institute for the Study of Politics and Public Policy.

Midge had been on life support for the last week.  I hope that she knew that HCR had passed; she would have been pleased by that.

I first met Midge in 1992 when she was coordinating Barbara Boxer's first run for Senate.  It was my first involvement in politics, but it was not with the Boxer campaign.  Rather, it was with the California Abortion Rights Action League (CARAL), the local affiliate of NARAL dedicated to dealing with state legislative races.  We leased an office that was in the same suite as the Boxer campaign.  I went over alone the morning we were supposed to move into the office and started looking around.  What Midge saw was this male snooping around and trying to get into the office of an abortion rights group.  She came over and confronted me and asked what I was doing.  I tried to explain but she wasn't buying it.  Fortunately, a CARAL member who was also working for her showed up and vouched for me.  Years later, Midge told me, maybe kiddingly, that she thought I was from the CIA, sent to spy on her and the Boxer campaign.

We have lost a great crusader for the causes that most of us believe in, ranging from gay rights to reproductive rights to social justice.  I'm honored that I had a chance to meet Midge and be inspired by her over the years.  She will be missed.

Originally posted to EWembley on Wed Mar 24, 2010 at 02:09 AM PDT.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site