Remembering Stephanie Tubbs Jones

She was a great advocate for her district and for all of us, and she'll be missed in Denver next week.


Joan Walsh
August 22, 2008 9:43AM (UTC)

I wrote this short piece about the death of Stephanie Tubbs Jones on Open Salon today. It's to the point; I don't have much to add, except I'm still very sad.

I was looking forward to seeing her in Denver; I thought of her as one of the people who could pull the party together, convincingly: An African American Hillary Clinton supporter, she advanced her candidate with joy and optimism and without trashing Barack Obama. I was planning to attend a luncheon to honor Tubbs Jones and Clinton next Tuesday, sponsored by Susie Tompkins Buell's WomenCount PAC. I expected her to help reluctant Clinton supporters back Obama as joyfully as she'd backed Clinton in the primary.

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My favorite memory of Tubbs Jones is watching her on The Colbert Report, when Stephen Colbert envisioned her helming a daytime TV court drama, "Judge Tubbs," and she played along.


Joan Walsh

Joan Walsh is the author of "What's the Matter With White People: Finding Our Way in the Next America."

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