Skip to comments.NY-23 2009: America has changed [Hoffman concedes defeat to Owens]
Posted on 11/03/2009 9:58:12 PM PST by rabscuttle385
America has changed, and you have helped. Although we did not succeed in winning this election, we have succeeded in making sure political parties and special interests no longer take the people for granted. I believe we have sent a powerful message and laid the groundwork for future conservative campaigns.
I congratulate Bill Owens on a hard won victory. In our tradition of free elections, our country continues. And although Bill Owens has won, I believe America is turning the page to a new dawn.
The ideas of freedom, sound fiscal management and citizen government have sprung back into our consciousness. Our founding fathers would be proud of New York 23. It was here that our principles, those that have been the foundation of our nation, came back to life with a vengeance. And it was here that the people rose up against the political bosses who tried to impose their will. It was here that people reached out to control their own destinies again.
Despite the election results, I am optimistic for our future, because now I know that I am not alone in wanting to repair our great nation. Throughout this campaign I have been inspired by the outpouring of support and the intensity of that support.
Ive met many different people in this campaign, from many walks of life and many professions; each with a different personal story to share. Yet we are all united in the belief that by participating in democracy, we could inspire change.
I urge that no one feel defeated, for this was only one of many elections. We came close, we put our agenda in front of the nation and the nation took notice. The worse thing we could do now, is not continue forward. Next year there are other elections and other candidates who have drawn inspiration from our efforts.
I would like to thank all of you who placed your faith in me, who worked tirelessly and shared your enthusiasm with those around you. You are all patriots, you have all stood up for your country and I am honored to stand among you.
Thank you, Doug Hoffman.
Bummer. Thousands of votes remain uncounted, and I’m not even talking disenfranchised soldiers.
He did eliminate the most extreme leftist.
At least we now know what % of the GOP is RINO or blitheringly stoopid. Its a very small number too.
If the GOP wants to win 6% of the vote, let them.
We lost bigtime tonight. The other races were meaningless compared to this one. Winning this was imperative to teaching the GOP a lesson that it refuses to learn. I think that any meaningful win in 2010 is dead at this point, because we’ve lost the fight in our own party that needs to take place before we can win on the national stage.
It never occured to Al Franken to concede. He hung in there until the last votes were counted (and recounted and recounted) and now he's a US Senator. NEVER, EVER conceed defeat...
NO More Calls, please.
We have a WINNER.
Are you nuts? This one race is nothing compared to taking two states... if the idiots who voted for the DIABLO had backed Hoffman he would have won.
WTF?....why not wait till the votes were counted?
No... the GOP lost a seat tonight. They were the losers. We are the winners because we kicked them in the shins and got their attention. Conservatives won tonight. If Hoffman had won, he'd be in an ineffective minority party. Just taking up space. He should consider running again in 2010...
Hoffman will be the GOP nominee in 2010 and he will beat Owens!!!
Yes, apparently, I’m ‘nuts’. It must be that I’m not ‘nuanced’ enough to get the idea that a GOP win is a win for the people in the GOP who are fighting to win the country back. We LOST tonight. At least my team lost tonight. Yours might have won, but my team’s hopes of fixing what’s wrong with the GOP lost in a bad way.
I disagree. The man was a 3rd candidate and only running for 30 days. It was a close call. Great job Doug.
It was an inspirational run against the dead soul apparatchiks.
I think his concession was premature, but his concession speech has more substance than either of the presidential candidates uttered last year, even if you combined their platitudes.
Thanks for nothing, GOP.
We won 2 out of 3 and you’re saying we lost big time? Scuzzy was unmasked as the flaming liberal that she is. Newt was outed as the party liner that he is. We lost bigtime? Oh, I don’t think so. Go read Sarah Palin’s latest Facebook entry and man up.
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