HIGHTOWER: Join Granny D's Crusade!

I'm in love. Hopelessly in love.Doris Haddock is her name, but she's called "Granny D" by her family and friends, and she's filled with the fighting spirit that makes America so great. She's an 89-year-old great-grandmother on a mission. Her goal is to help get the corrupting power of big campaign money out of politics. To rally public support, Granny D is walking across America -- all 3,000 miles of it. "Call me crazy, call me God-sent," she says, "I am on a crusade to create a groundswell for campaign finance reform to eliminate the cancer [of big money]."She flew from her New Hampshire home out to California in late December, then began walking East from Santa Monica on January 1st. She plans to average 10 miles a day as she treks through California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia -- and finally, sometime next November, to cross the Potomac and walk straight up Capitol Hill to the halls of Congress. There, she'll deliver thousands of petitions that she will have gotten signed along the way."I'm traveling as a pilgrim," Granny D says. She's asking people for a meal, a warm place to sleep at night, and, of course, to sign and spread her petitions. Already, support is building for this unique, heartfelt crusade -- local media are pouring out, towns folks gather at the city line to escort her in, people are walking with her, rallies for reform are being held when she visits, and travelers that pass her on the road invariably honk and shout, "Go Granny Go."She's a Granny with both an 800 number and a web site, so if you want to follow her travels, know when she's coming to your town, or get her petition, go to grannyd.com, or call 1-800-298-2182.This is Jim Hightower saying ... Those of you who've been waiting for a leader ... I think she just arrived.

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