Multi-lingual billionairess lands her Flying Squirrel, takes a load off her feet, and re-whines for the Seattle PI's Joel Connelly:
What made Teresa Heinz Kerry so refreshing to some voters, and threatening to others on the 2004 campaign trail, is summed up when THK talks about her speech to last year's Democratic convention:
"Nobody told me what to do," she told a Saturday fund-raiser here.
The implicit afterword: Nobody better try.
....Heinz Kerry flew into town on her own Gulfstream jet (the Flying Squirrel, named for a Sun Valley ski run) direct from a conference on global philanthropy at Stanford.
.... A sampling:
THE CATHOLIC CHURCH: A practicing Catholic, as is her husband, Heinz Kerry remains outraged at attacks by bishops on her husband's pro-choice views. "You cannot have bishops in the pulpit -- long before or the Sunday before the election -- as they did in Catholic churches, saying it was a mortal sin to vote for John Kerry," she said.Heinz Kerry gave no examples.
....Heinz Kerry is openly skeptical about results from November's election, particularly in sections of the country where optical scanners were used to record votes.
"Two brothers own 80 percent of the machines used in the United States," Heinz Kerry said.
She identified both as "hard-right" Republicans. She argued that it is "very easy to hack into the mother machines."
.... Heinz Kerry won't stand in the way of a second presidential bid by her husband.
.... Born in Mozambique of Portuguese parents, she was married to Republican Sen. John Heinz of Pennsylvania. Heinz was killed in a 1991 air crash.
She inherited her husband's fortune, took charge of Heinz family endowments and married Kerry in 1995.
"I kept my first husband from running for office for four years," she explained.
....Heinz Kerry is still steamed at what the Republican attack machine did to her husband.
"Think about last year," she said. "Once John had his nomination, the Republicans spent $90 million to destroy his reputation."
She cited dirty tricks used in the campaign to mobilize what the religious right called "Values Voters."
...."Basically, we are at a crux, a crossroads right now," Heinz Kerry said. "It's no place for self-indulgence. It's no place for looking back. We must be totally committed to this journey ... to believe again, to hope again."
Got it: No place for the self-indulgent!