I was probably one of the first Sharpe supporters to blog on BlueNC. It all started when Lance graciously agreed to interview Roger for the site. After that, you guys came out with barrels blazing, even as Kissell was at the front of your minds.
You could have ignored the Sharpe campaign. Hell, everybody else did. Instead, you chose to help us out all the way. When you gave ten bucks to Kissell, you made sure to send a few our way. You kept our race front-paged when everyone else cast us to the curb.
Does this sound like a victory speech? Well, in a way it is. Roger Sharpe ran the good race. He pounded the pavement day after day with an all volunteers staff, against an incumbent in a very red district who had a multi-million dollar war chest against under $100,000, and we still came within 25,000 votes of victory.
I feel that you folks here at BlueNC deserve a great bit of credit for that, and I just wanted to drop by and give a personal and very heart-felt THANK YOU.
Sure, our races didn't win in the traditional sense, but the Democrats have expanded their control of the NC legislature and the majority of state legislatures and governships across the country.
We now control the US House and the US Senate. Donald Rumsfeld is gone. Dennis Hastert is out of the Republican leadership.
By making our individual races strong, you all aided in making that happen.
So stay strong, stay committed, and remember, the race for 2008 begins today.
Once again, thank you so much.