Statement of California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton on the Death of Former First Lady Nancy Reagan

Former First Lady Nancy Reagan turned her husband’s diagnosis with Alzheimer’s disease into a call to action and did a lot of good for a lot of people. Her fight against restrictions on embryonic stem cell research wasn’t always popular within her own party but it was an example of how a principled person can rise above politics. Her leadership brought Alzheimer’s out of the darkness and paved the way for scientific research into other deadly diseases. We could use more of that kind of courage from our leaders today.

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