Friends, thank you!
Just a few minutes ago, I called Judge Callis and congratulated her on her victory in this primary tonight.
I know you all join me in pledging our support in the general election. No matter how hard our primary fight, we must remember that the differences between us as Democrats are tiny compared with the differences between us and the Republican agenda.
One thing I’ve learned since last summer is that no one who does this does it alone. There are so many people to thank, beginning with my wife Melanie and my daughter Cordelia. Thank you both for so much more than I can say. Cordelia has been making calls and knocking on doors during her spring break, and many of you heard her on your answering machines earlier today.
I have been lucky to have an amazing team working on our campaign. Monica Biddix is our campaign manager, and has put her heart and soul and tire treads into the campaign without reservation. Deb Schrishuhn has been a steady voice and conscience from the beginning. Matt Jaccarino, our finance director, has spent hundreds of hours in a tiny room with me patiently telling me to “just make the ask, George.”
And the true heroes of tonight are our volunteers, many of whom are here with us tonight. In the past month, our campaign made over 10,000 phone calls and knocked on thousands of doors, and that was quite inspiring. I’d like anyone here who volunteered to stand up and give yourselves a huge hand.
To all of you, thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I also want to take a moment to thank my colleagues at the University, and in the larger science community, who have been incredibly supportive with their donations and encouragement with no more agenda than making this a better country.
This has been an amazing ride. What I’ve learned, that too many people on the inside often miss, is that everyday people are hungry for straight answers. They’re smarter than they get credit for in professional politics. People are more likely to vote for a candidate they disagree with on an issue who tells them clearly what he believes, than a candidate who hunts for the lowest common denominator of consensus.
Throughout this primary campaign, I have tried to be as clear and direct with the voters about where I stand as I would in a conversation with a friend.
Let me close by quoting one of the greatest Americans, Dr. Martin Luther King: “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Dr. King knew that it is our obligation to bend the arc faster, and in recent years, this responsibility has largely fallen to the Democratic Party – the party that gave us Social Security and Medicare, and protection for our labor unions, and now a start on universal health insurance.
I hope to see us continue in this great drive toward greater justice and greater fairness.
Thank you all so much.