A Message to My Supporters
"Four years ago, I told you I would never lie to you. Well, I would be
lying if I told you it didn't hurt."
--President Jimmy Carter, 1980
"No matter how hard the loss, defeat might serve as well as victory to
shape the soul and let the glory out."
--Senator Albert Gore, Sr. (D-Tenn.), 1970
In any election, there can only be one winner, and the winner in this race
was Mitch Carmichael, not me. Mitch ran a campaign on the issues and he is
to be congratulated for his victory. I wish him success in his next two
years in the House of Delegates and I urge everyone to do the same. He is
a decent man whose intentions are honorable. We both support making
West Virginia and Jackson County a better place to live, but we simply
have different visions on how to get there.
To those of you who voted for me, to those of you who contributed to my
campaign, to those of you who volunteered for my campaign, I give you my
deepest thanks. When I started this campaign, no one thought that I
stood any chance at all of winning, but you showed faith in my effort and
helped me receive the highest percentage of votes by any Democratic
candidate in this district in this decade and I am truly grateful. While I
wanted to fight for the causes and ideas that I believe in and fought
for in the State Legislature, I realize that it wasn't meant to be.
However, you can be assured that regardless of whatever my future plans are
as a candidate, I will continue to fight for renewable energy, mass
transit, publicly funded elections, early education, education reform and
universal health care, just to name a few. I will continue to fight
for the vision of community, for good government and to prove that liberal
is not only not a dirty word, but that the politics inspired by liberalism
and the Democratic Party will make our state a better place to live.
I would like to, once again, thank everyone who supported me and let you
know how truly appreciative I was, am and always will be of your support.