My Final Campaign Message
Over the last 15 months, our campaign built a movement: a movement of hundreds of thousands of Floridians who proclaimed loud and clear that enough is enough. We spoke truth to power, stood proudly by our principles, and never accepted even one penny in big corporate contributions.
I promised to take a stand, and asked you to take a stand with me. I was never the candidate with the most money, the most name recognition, or the most political connections, but you stood with me in our cause to return our party to its historic legacy of taking on big corporate interests, and of returning our attorney general's office to the people.
We waged this campaign on behalf of the poor being ripped off by payday lenders, on behalf of our fellow Floridians caught in the grip of addiction, and on behalf of everyone else who has been forgotten by our government in Tallahassee. Most of the time, we fought against the wind, but we never let up. We never gave up. We fought to the very end. And we never sacrificed our principles.
This election, we came up short. 367,053 Floridians cast their vote of confidence in our campaign and our cause. This was only possible because of your support. I will be forever grateful for your support and for the friends I have made over the last 15 months.
I ask you, I beg you, please don't ever stop fighting! Keep fighting for the poor, the disenfranchised, the wrongfully convicted, and everyone else forgotten by our society and our government. I promise I won't and promise this won't be the last time you hear from me!
For now, I will be doing everything in my power to make sure Andrew Gillum is elected our next governor! I hope you'll join me in this effort!
And I'll leave you with this quote from Senator Ted Kennedy's famous 1980 Democratic convention speech: "For those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die."
Let's give 'em hell!