The Nation: Grasso: Piedmont Spoken Here

Democrat Ella Grasso, 55, Governor-elect of Connecticut, is definitely at home with the boys. The first woman Governor in America whose husband did not precede her in the post, she was elected because of political skills that are universal and unisexual. Downplaying the feminist issue and opposing abortion, she was sometimes called "Ella fella." Scoring heavily throughout the state, she defeated her G.O.P. opponent, Congressman Robert Steele, 631,382 to 431,142. "In Connecticut," she explains, "I'm just an old shoe."

One that wears exceptionally well. In 22 years of political life, Grasso has not lost an election. A protégé of former Democratic National...

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