Nearly two years ago, we launched this campaign with nothing more than a few committed people, a sincere desire to make a difference in people’s lives, and a belief that we could. We knew that the odds were against us. We were running against a popular incumbent Governor who, in the end, spent $16 million to win re-election. The wealthy special interests and corporate establishment were all on his side. And the political pundits declared our race over before it even began.
While we may have fallen short of our goal of winning back the corner office, we ran a principled campaign fueled by committed people like you who came together to support a cause we believe in. I’m proud of what our campaign stood for and how we conducted ourselves. And I’m confident that our making the case for a government that is more ambitious about addressing the issues affecting working families and that is more forceful in standing up against Donald Trump’s hateful agenda has had and will continue to have an impact.
It’s been the honor of my life to be a part of this campaign, and I will be forever grateful to you for your guidance and support. You have welcomed me into your homes, shared some of your most intimate life experiences with me, and generously given your time and treasure to our cause. I’ve been inspired by your commitment to our shared values, and I’m grateful for the chance to get to know so many of you over the course of this campaign.
It has been an absolute privilege to be your Democratic nominee for Governor, and I look forward to future opportunities to work with you in furtherance of our common values.