This just in from Ron Shepston (www.ronshepston.com). He seems genuinely committed to electing a Democrat in the 42nd District. And now that Ed Chau is the nominee, he’s offering his support to Chau.
ORANGE COUNTY, CA- I congratulate Ed Chau on his winning the Democratic Party nomination for Congress in the 42nd District. This was a hard-fought campaign; while of course I differ with the result, in the end I hope that my participation in this race will have made him a stronger candidate in November.
Ed has demonstrated his real strengths in retail politics in this campaign, and Ive learned a lot from watching him, that this victory means so much to them helps soften the blow of this defeat.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Its time to put an end to Gary Millers confusion of his career as a developer with his actual job: representing the 42nd Congressional District and protecting the American Constitution. The strengths that Ed has shown should serve him well in his race against Gary Miller this fall. Its time to put an end to the partisan politics that enabled the destructive policies of two Bush administrations. Ed will be championing issues that are critical to a Democratic agenda. I wish him well and will of course be voting for him in November. [...]Ã‚Â Ã‚Â
The results came in too late last night for me to offer a proper speech at the close of the campaign, so I want to close with a great and heartfelt expression of appreciation for my supporters. Most of all, I thank my wife, Belinda, for agreeing to stand with me as I took on this great adventure. She has proven to me, once again, how lucky I have been in finding her. I thank my family, which has shown me such great support, and my longtime friends, who have done the same. My campaign workers have come from all three counties in the district and beyond; my donors, from all over the Southland and across the country; my supporters, literally from as far away as Europe, Asia, and Australia. My campaign volunteers, in particular, poured their heart and soul into this effort. I can only hope for them that the joy was not simply in the result we all sought, but in the process of standing side to side with like-minded people, working for the benefit of all. I hope they enjoyed working on this campaign as much as I enjoyed meeting and working with all of them.
I will continue working on the issues that I made the centerpiece of my campaign: ending the war, protecting the middle class, restoring fiscal sanity to government, and reasserting Constitutional rule. I look forward to a great year for the Democratic Party.
- Ron Shepston