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Running for Congress 2006 and 2008 was a learning experience of a kind that few people get who might think they understand the process. Losing by the same percentage each time was also “enlightening” (I’ll avoid the word disappointing for now) – but the favorite analogy I created for this is it’s like hiking a high mountain where the top is obscured in clouds, but the farther you go and harder you work – you get to see a little further up the path, and you’re quite a bit wiser that anyone else that’s never dared to take the walk.
The votes my running mates and I achieved yesterday are a mile marker up the path. And we’re standing in the road having taken a long journey and wondering why we still came up short. What I’ve come to understand through experience is – I don’t lament that realization very long. I’ve come to enjoy the walk … the process. We canvassed so much in this race and it was the most enjoyable thing I’ve ever done. How can you deny it if this is really in your blood – meeting voters face-to-face. My running mates will tell you – that if there was ever an option of what we had to do on any given night – go to a community event – go to a fundraiser – even dialing for dollars (perish the thought) – more often than not – I’d say “let’s walk” – Let’s cover some more ground – let’s meet some more people that never knew us before.
So with number of votes we received, and the percentage – I’m no less proud of how much of an effort we put forth.
With those votes – I’m no less enthusiastic to carry forward on what everyone who believed in us trusted us to do with their vote – bring about better government to our town. People like the Republicans that we met that said having no other information about candidates – they would have voted the line (to which I’d respond “that’s why we’re here!”). I am no less honored by all of their support. With these votes – I’m no less motivated to take the place that I incessantly feel drawn to … to try to inspire and motivate people to HELP carry the burden of moving us forward.
Setbacks happen in life. Disappointments happen. After such a long journeys it hurts to see that the destination is further off than we thought.
But as everyone knows in their heart – but is so often EASY to forget at a time like this – it’s not so much the setback that defines us – but what we do in the face of it.
So don’t expect any of this energy to dissolve. I hate to disappoint our opposition – but it’s not going to happen. We know in our hearts our agenda is larger and more meaningful. And as long as I’m living and breathing I’ve found the cause that makes it …all worth living and breathing. To follow through on Jefferson’s dream that we can make the smart decisions as a society to choose our destiny …and that our government can work if populated by those that are sincere in making it work.
I’m hoping that in a short time – everyone can stand and look with pride on that mile marker – forget the disappointment that it didn’t mark the destination we thought it did … and you’ll keep walking with us.