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I am a Democrat.
by Jane Byrne

I am a Democrat.
I have been one all of my life.
- Jane Byrne

The nation can no longer afford to continue policies
that hasten the flight of persons to the distant suburbs.
- Jane Byrne

Chicago's neighborhoods have always been this city's greatest strength.
- Jane Byrne

I accept that responsibility and ask only that I be
judged by my performance as its chief executive.
- Jane Byrne

 

The people must know that from this day on,
we want their opinions.
- Jane Byrne

The credit for much of this rightly belongs to the
late Mayor Daley who forged a coalition of business
and labor that kept Chicago always moving ahead.
- Jane Byrne

The people ask much, often more than any government can give.
We must resist the temptation to promise solutions to all problems.
- Jane Byrne

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If we are to succeed, we must recognize that the community
redevelopment is not solely the rehabilitation of housing,
or putting a mall in the business strips.
- Jane Byrne

For my part, I plan to work out a fair and adequate
redistribution of city services to all city neighborhoods.
- Jane Byrne

City employees will be hired and promoted because of their abilities -
without outside interference.
- Jane Byrne

But as important as the job to be done by government in the neighborhoods,
the people must also be involved.
- Jane Byrne

But I am committed to keeping this city a strong and
viable center for commerce and industry,
for continuing to make it a place of opportunity for its citizens.
- Jane Byrne

But always I was a private citizen whose activities
in government or political party were appointive.
- Jane Byrne

We saw hundreds of programs to redevelop the central city,
the neighborhoods, in the past.
- Jane Byrne

If all of us would require the same level of performance
from ourselves as we expect from government,
this city will forever be the city that works.
- Jane Byrne

The people of Chicago are a proud people -
and for good reason.
- Jane Byrne

In the housing projects, people talked of ways to reduce crime,
relieve overcrowding, and they were good ideas that we plan to study,
and possibly implement.
- Jane Byrne

Chicago kept industry, attracted new business,
became the center for convention trade and transportation.
- Jane Byrne

Our universities and museums are respected around the country.
- Jane Byrne

The Chicago Symphony is considered the greatest orchestra in the world.
- Jane Byrne

Tonight - by taking this solemn oath -
I am no longer a private citizen but the Mayor of the City of Chicago.
- Jane Byrne

Be assured that I did not become the Mayor of Chicago
to preside over its decline.
- Jane Byrne

In the days and months I spent walking through the
various communities of this city,
I found that Chicago did not work for everyone,
however.
- Jane Byrne

We must care.
We must all care.
And while I am working, while the governments is working,
so must the people also work.
- Jane Byrne

When there were fears about the future of this nation's older cities...
when a few of the cities teetered on the brink of bankruptcy,
all eyes were focused on Chicago for contrast.
- Jane Byrne

If those communities are left to decay,
this city will decay.
- Jane Byrne

I pledge tonight to be Mayor for all of the people of this city -
for one Chicago.
- Jane Byrne

If for no other reason than the energy crisis now facing this country,
the federal government should be eager to become partners
with us in rebuilding our city.
- Jane Byrne

The cooperation of government at its different levels
is important and can only be achieved as long as the
people of Chicago are directly involved in our efforts
and supportive of our goals.
- Jane Byrne

As I visited the various neighborhoods in the campaign,
I learned fast that it's a mistake to think that all
of the wisdom and possible solutions to our problems
are available only in this building.
- Jane Byrne

I am here before you tonight to dedicate this administration
to bringing a new renaissance of neighborhood life and community spirit,
a renewal of confidence in the future of our city and
a revival of opportunity for all Chicago.
- Jane Byrne

Medical liability reform is not a Republican or Democrat
issue or even a doctor versus lawyer issue.
It is a patient issue.
- John Ensign

Everybody knows I'm a Democrat.
- Susan Estrich

Mike Bloomberg may be a Republican these days.
But he has been a Democrat for most of his adult life.
- Randi Weingarten

We need real leadership, Democrat, Republican and independent to stand up and say,
we have to live within our means.
- Tom Coburn

I am not a member of any organized political party.
I am a Democrat.
- Will Rogers

My mom was a Democrat and I was scared to death that she was gonna blow it.
First I was going to hell with Monroe,
and now to Republican hell with Nixon.
- Tommy Rettig

What is a democrat? One who believes that the republicans have ruined the country.
What is a republican? One who believes that the democrats would ruin the country.
- Ambrose Bierce

Speaking as a Democrat, all my life battling for what
I conceived to be Democracy,
and what I conceived to be right, I am yet an American above Democracy.
- Richard Parks Bland

I was a woman in a man's world.
I was a Democrat in a Republican administration.
I was an intellectual in a world of bureaucrats.
I talked differently.
This may have made me a bit like an ink blot.
- Jeane Kirkpatrick

I think if you run away from who you are,
that you're a Democrat and you're proud to be a Democrat,
it's foolish.
And the reason it's foolish is you've got a lot to be proud of.
- Tim Kaine

In choosing a president, we really don't choose a Republican or Democrat,
a conservative or liberal.
We choose a leader.
- Rudy Giuliani

The father is always a Republican toward his son,
and his mother's always a Democrat.
- Robert Frost

I am a Christian and a Democrat, that's all.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

I'm not a Democrat.
- Aaron McGruder

What my future will not be is active politics in the Liberal Democrat party.
- Paddy Ashdown

As a Democrat in this Senate, I felt aggrieved by some
things the other side has done.
I have no doubt they feel aggrieved about some of the things we have done.
- Mark Pryor

A bureaucrat is a Democrat who holds some office that a Republican wants.
- Harry S. Truman

Besides if people really want to support the troops
they would vote democrat.
- David Cross

The difference between a Republican and a Democrat
is the Democrat is a cannibal they have to live off each other,
while the Republicans, why, they live off the Democrats.
- Will Rogers

What I would ask the Democrat Party is to put your plan on the table,
because most people agree with the facts,
and the facts are that Social Security is running out of money.
- Jack Kingston

The American people must not buy into the Democrat rhetoric.
- Virginia Foxx

A government full of Democrats would rather have you be a Republican,
and a government full of Republicans would rather have you be a Democrat,
than have you oppose both.
- Brian Celio

A Democrat has to show the toughness to govern.
People don't doubt that Republicans will be tough.
- Al From

I sent my flowers across the hall to Mrs Nixon but
her husband remembered what a Democrat I am and sent them back.
- Bette Davis

For the first half of my adult life,
I was a Democrat.
- Alphonso Jackson

Democrat leaders are not only out of the American mainstream,
but are also out of the Democratic mainstream.
- Virginia Foxx

Great drama is all about conflict, and what's a better
conflict than Republican-Democrat?
- Allison Janney

I started out as a Democrat.
- Gale Norton

You and I are stuck with the necessity of taking the
worst of two evils or none at all.
So-I'm taking the immature Democrat as the best of the two.
Nixon is impossible.
- Harry S. Truman

I belong to no organized party.
I am a Democrat.
- Will Smith

A Green Party candidate would be very different from
a Democrat or Republican and should be heard.
- Peter Camejo

Being a soldier, fighting for this country,
is neither Republican nor Democrat.
- Max Cleland

I think that the justices were totally answering the way that they should.
I think that the senators, as best I could tell,
for the most part, Democrat and Republican,
respected that.
- Fred Thompson

Every day Catholics prove that you can be a good Catholic
and a good Democrat and have a different position from the Church on abortion.
- James Carville

I became a Republican when a very wise young lady asked
me how I could remain a Democrat when I didn't agree
with what they stood for and did agree with what the Republicans supported.
- Jesse Helms

My guess is more reporters probably vote Democrat than Republican -
just because I think reporters are smart.
- Jerry Springer

It's innate in me to be a Democrat -
a true Southern populist kind of Democrat.
There's not a lot of those anymore.
I'm not saying I'm right or wrong.
That's just the way I feel.
- Tim McGraw

Republicans regard Dean as one of their best secret weapons,
I have yet to find a Democrat who, in private chatter,
doesn't think he's a problem for them.
- Rich Galen

I am sure that every one of my colleagues -
Democrat,
Republican, and Independent - agrees with that statement.
That in the voting booth, every one is equal.
- Barbara Boxer

If enough people openly engage in conduct once considered reprehensible,
we rewrite the rule book and assume that God,
as a good democrat, will go along.
- James L. Buckley


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