One year ago tonight, I had very mixed emotions. On the one hand, I was elated that America had elected Barack Obama as President, and I was proud of the part my campaigning had played in that victory. On the other hand, my own campaign for Congress had fallen short.
The next day, I sent a note to my supporters and posted a blog which congratulated America for rejecting fear, for embracing hope, and for choosing progress. After ten months of the Obama Administration, I have full confidence that America made the right decision. We must continue the great strides President Obama has made to fix our economy, to correct our foreign policy, and to reverse the damage conservatives did to America.
I thought you might enjoy reading my election night blog from last year. This will absolutely, positively be the last time I look at the 2008 election. With an open seat in Florida’s 12th Congressional District before us, we have to concentrate on 2010 and moving our great country forward.
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I am so very proud of our country today. Last night, tens of millions of our neighbors and friends chose hope over fear. Last night, America decided to embrace the future instead of clinging to the past. Last night, we really did choose progress.
- Today, 47 million uninsured and underinsured have hope for a better tomorrow.
- Today, millions of seniors have hope that our health care system will finally be fixed.
- Today, our troops in the field have hope that their mission in Iraq will finally come to a close.
- Today, parents and children alike have hope that our educational system can be reformed.
- Today, all working families have hope that our economy can be transfixed into one that rewards work instead of wealth.
- Today, our friends in labor know they will have a friend in the White House.
Last night, I spoke with Congressman Putnam. He asked me to pass his congratulations to you on a well-run, grass-roots campaign. He said you should be proud of the work you’ve done. I thanked him for his service to our nation.
Finally, I want to thank each of you. Individually and en masse you embraced this political newcomer. You allowed me to practice my stump speech over and over, though you had heard it so many times that most of you could probably recite it in your sleep. You opened your homes and your check books. You gave of your time, and you gave from your heart. I would have been very proud to call myself your representative.
You should be very proud of what you’ve accomplished during this election season. Your hard work, your dedication, and your perseverance are a credit to your patriotism and your belief in the electoral process.
I thank you. I am proud of you. I stand in awe of you. Thank you for all you did for this campaign, and for all that you will continue to do for our great country.
Your brother, Doug