(No, thank you… – promoted by SFBrianCL)
Update: 28% of Riverside County votes weren’t counted yet.
The spring is slowly returning to my step, thanks to Webb and Tester. But David Roth was not elected last Tuesday, and it hurt.
From David Roth
Dear Friends and Supporters,
Thank You. Thank you for the remarkable encouragement as we built the most impressive campaign in Riverside County History. Thank you for the unfailing support as we raised an unprecedented amount of money for a challenger in this District. And thank you for your hard, hard work as we knocked on literally thousands of doors and made thousands of phone calls — and built a movement based on the need for change.
We made history on Tuesday with the most impressive performance of a challenger in memory in this district, and that is because of the movement we built together. We ran a campaign of integrity & honor — and we are all the better for this remarkable experience.
As I said on Tuesday night — change is hard. But we have started a ball rolling in the 45th Congressional District that cannot be stopped, and will only pick up momentum as the days and months pass.
Our communities will never be the same as a result of this campaign, and you each have been such a big part of that transformation.
Although we took home the silver medal on Tuesday, Anita and I feel only pride in what we accomplished and are so grateful for all your phone calls, e-mails and messages over the past 24 hours.
We still have much work to do together to make sure all the people of this District are well-represented, and rest assured that I will be a part of that work each and every day. As we wrote on the home page of our website after the election, “Our nation needs intelligent leaders. Our nation needs heroes. I hope my campaign has inspired people to raise their expectations of those who have the tremendous honor and awesome responsibility of representing us in Washington. Mary Bono has two more years to rise to the task. We’ll be watching.”
All my best to each of you, and all my greatest thanks for a job well done. Now let us go revel in the fact that the Congress is finally Blue, and that we have ensured that the place we call home is now finally a place where Democrats’ voices can be heard loud and clear.
Everything David said is true. We all knew this was one of the reddest districts, with an entrenched widow of a wildly popular figure. But with the passion David brought to every town hall and house party, we really believed we could do it. Roth deserved to win, and we deserved his service.
We’ll get ’em next time. (**Update, as above: 28% of the votes are uncounted http://www.desertdem…] Meanwhile, the Democrats of the Desert, the Democratic Women of the Desert, the Stonewall Democrats, the Sun City Democrats, and David and Anita Roth will be right here, working for a better America 24/7.
From the left: Arnie, Tim, Sandra, Caitlin, Joe, David, Alivia, Anita, Zach, Amalia, Juan Carlos, Ben, Maggie (yes, Stuart pasted her in), Nikki, (sorry my friend, the name escapes me), and Stuart.
Which one am I? None of the above, I had third graders to schlepp to the McCallum for their artistic edification on the morning this was taken. Besides, I’m anonymous, silly.