Susan Berry Casey: Author. Activist. Soccer Mom.
AUTHOR Two books, published 30 years apart, and now a 2nd edition of the first, making it three! Scores of essays and opinion pieces in newspapers across the country, online or in a college textbook. Two novels in the drawer that have yet to see the light of day. Check out Books & Articles tab, under Susan Casey tab.
ACTIVIST Social worker and teacher. Helping to elect good candidates for local, state, and national office. Every presidential campaign since 1980. Serving in elective office. A run for mayor. Speaking out, speaking up, contributing along the way. Click on Susan Casey tab, and Books and Articles tab for a Denver Post profile.
SOCCER MOM For real. WIKIPEDIA and respected newspapers call me the ORIGNIAL SOCCER MOM, so it must be true. An article from the Boston Herald is included in Articles tab.
Winter 2018: A New Edition of
H A R T and S O U L
GARY HART’S NEW HAMPSHIRE ODYSSEY AND BEYOND
Stunning Political Upset. The long forgotten story of Gary Hart’s 1984 stunning upset victory over Walter Mondale in the New Hampshire Democratic primary is much more than a political story. It is the moving story of ordinary people out to change the world and one man who inspired them to try.
New Hampshire Primary. The New Hampshire primary holds a special place in the history of presidential elections, and continues to be a unique political and cultural phenomenon that regularly defies the common political wisdoms of the day. And the defiance of conventional political wisdome was never more telling than in 1984.
Hart and Soul. Hart and Soul is the untold story of teachers and factory workers, housewives and college students who realized and exercised their political power in the selection of the president of the United States.
Always Unexpected Drama. New Hampshire voters treasure their role in the primary process, especially when they do the unexpected and fool a lot of people. In 1968, Gene McCarthy, an unknown, esoteric Minnesota senator, did so well in conservative New Hampshire that the then sitting president ended his reelection bid. In 1972 it was in New Hampshire that Edmund Muskie, the front-runner and fellow New Englander, the inevitable Democratic nominee, began to crumble. Who would have thought that the New Hampshire voters would have turned their backs on their neighbor from Maine? In 1976, Jimmy Carter, an unknown Georgia peanut farmer, a southerner, began his rise to prominence and the White House with a win in New Hampshire. It makes no sense. In 1980, George Bush came out of Iowa with the big “mo” and seemed unstoppable, until Reagan ambushed him in Nashua, New Hampshire, and burst that balloon for good.
And then came Gary Hart and 1984—or more accurately, 1982, for that is when the action began.
I thought about it a lot. It’s a long-shot, dark-horse, uphill battle; the odds are long. But all signals seemed to be go. Not that if you run, you’re going to win, but it’s worth a try. Gary Hart
Inside, Untold Story. Although the New Hampshire primary process allows, even encourages, rank-and-file voters to become as deeply involved as they choose, for many months it is primarily an insider’s game played by a few hundred people. In 1982, 1983 and 1984, the author was one of those insiders involved in the campaign of Senator Gary Hart of Colorado. She was there when the process began, through the dark days of 1983 and the days of glory in February of 1984. And she was there at the end, during the final weeks of the primary season in June and the final day in July at the Democratic National Convention.
Ordinary People, Extraordinary Story. This is not, however, her story or simply a story of the New Hampshire primary. Nor is it fundamentally a political story, for what happened in New Hampshire during the 1984 presidential primary campaign has very little to do with the everyday experiences of most politicians or most voters. The New Hampshire primary and the story of Gary Hart’s 1984 campaign provide the backdrop for a story of ordinary people caught up in an extraordinary process. And it is the story of Gary Hart, a farm boy from Kansas, who seemingly came from nowhere to within inches of winning the Democratic presidential nomination. It is the story of how the election of a president hinged on the efforts of ordinary people, and in the end, was lost as those voices became lost.
A P P E A L I N G F O R J U S T I C E
One Colorado Lawyer, Four Decades, and the Landmark Gay Rights Case Romer v. Evans
by Susan Berry Casey
Appealing For Justice is a riveting behind-the-scenes legal drama and an intimate and powerful portrait of a young woman’s journey of justice. Jean Eberhart Dubofsky came of age on the cusp of the civil rights movement and, through four decades, battled for justice and equality for the poor, for women and for gays and lesbians. It is a story of triumph against long odds when Jean argues and wins the landmark gay rights legal case, Romer v. Evans, before the U. S. Supreme Court.
The book shines a light on the discrimination and injustice faced by a generation of women who later led the way to a place women never before had been. And it reveals the previously untold four-year drama behind a Supreme Court decision that upended legal precedent, struck down a law allowing discrimination of homosexuals, and turned the tide in the battle over equal rights for gays and lesbians. The stories of Jean Dubofsky’s journey and the Romer v. Evans case are woven together into a haunting tale of discrimination and hate and a tale of young revolutionaries out to save the world. It is a poignant and compelling narrative of hurdles overcome, battles won, and a time in our nation’s history that breaks our hearts and renews our spirit.
Amazon Reader Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
UP HALF THE NIGHT By M Simon September 20, 2016
I’m a little groggy today, because I have been up for several nights in a row until 1:30am reading this new biography. Who knew that a book about a lady lawyer could be such a page turner. Casey has a flowing, comfortable style that captures you from the very beginning and I often found myself stopping to re-read a sentence or a paragraph just for the enjoyment of the way she can turn a phrase.
Although the book is a biography, it reads like a novel, and I mean that as a compliment. Casey manages to build suspense so that when this small woman with a quiet voice finally climbs up the long steps into the United States Supreme Court to argue against Colorado’s momentous anti-gay Ammendment 2, I could feel my pulse pound. And I’m from Colorado so I knew how it was going to end! A great read.
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To hear more about Jean Dubofsky’s story, listen to an award-winning 2014 radio documentary–A Quiet Trailblazer. http://news.kgnu.org/2014/11/a-quiet-trailblazer-jean-dubofsky/
About the Author
Susan Casey is a respected authority in the field of American politics and government. She served as a top advisor to presidential candidates Sen. Gary Hart, Sen. Bob Kerrey, Sen. John Kerry and Gov. Martin O’Malley, and was an elected member of the Denver City Council when the Romer v. Evans decision was handed down. Casey has a PhD in International Affairs, taught at the University of Colorado-Denver Graduate School of Public Affairs and at Metropolitan State University of Denver, and led an innovative new media project at the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Her articless have appeared in the Huffington Post, the Denver Post, the Rocky Mountain News, the Boston Globe, and the Concord Monitor.