DuBos: Lindy Boggs was a genuine figure in politics

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Posted on July 30, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 30 at 6:41 PM

Former Congresswoman Lindy Boggs is being remembered as a trailblazer and an icon in the wake of her death last Saturday. In this week’s Commentary, Eyewitness News political analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos adds his own tribute.

Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst

In the four decades that I’ve covered politics, I never met anyone quite like Lindy Boggs. She had a rare combination of charm, grace and political savvy. Lots of politicians pretend to be charming, or gracious or even concerned. Not Lindy. There was nothing phony about her.

Many think that being nice is not the way to win in politics. Lindy proved otherwise, both on the campaign trail and in Congress. The New York Times called her legendary charm her “not-so-secret weapon.” She had a way of making it tough to say “no.”

She used her charm to promote civil rights and women’s economic rights. In 1974, only a year after she arrived in Congress, she told her colleagues, “I’m sure it was just an oversight” that women were not included in an equal credit opportunity bill.

Her colleagues agreed, and since then millions of women have gotten their own credit and started their own businesses. Lindy made that happen with a knowing smile and well-played political hand.

Lindy Boggs defined an era when politics was about relationships, not partisanship. She is already sadly missed.

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