I went into the 2006 race for U.S. House of Representatives
knowing that California's 49th District is probably
impossible for a Democrat to win. But by running,
I gave people a choice, and some hope and some inspiration.
This election wasn't about a change in political
party, it was about a change in direction.
Voters across the country succeeded in pulling
the brakes and stopped the train from going over
the cliff. Now it is up to all of us to make certain
that our elected representatives deliver the change
in direction called for by our votes.
I want to reassure all of you that I am as energized
as I was prior to the election in my commitment to
serve you. How could I be otherwise when I've basked
in the gratitude and excitement of my supporters
these many months, culminating in Election Day when
my tiny home and patio were abuzz with volunteers.
I've volunteered for many campaigns, but this was
by far the most exhilarating Election Day experience
I've ever had. Everything we've talked about throughout
this campaign: cooperation, respect and positive
energy, was all put into action!