Thank you for the post. The story is compelling and powerful.
Just days before the Aug. 26 primaries, her husband of 30 years, Harvey Waite, died after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
"I am not a rabid Republican who never deviates from party philosophy, and that is why I get independents voting for me ... because I am voting for what has to be done," she said in August.
She broke with the Bush administration on the Terri Schiavo case, saying the removal of feeding tubes was a decision to be made by the family not the federal government.
She broke ranks with her party to support a minimum wage increase and other issues. She still has an 88 percent voting record by the American Conservative Union....