Embattled Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz., CD1) has sent out a truly bizarre fund-raising e-mail which shows the panic over-taking her campaign. The message starts with news of Kirkpatrick’s impending defeat, followed by the start of a Kirkpatrick concession speech the day after the November election.
While most candidates – especially incumbents – put on a brave face and at least feign confidence, the pro-stimulus, pro-Obamacare Kirkpatrick is all but conceding the race to her grassroots challenger, Dr. Paul Gosar.
I’ve included the email below in its entirety (please excuse the few minor HTML formatting issues — I wanted to keep coding changes as minimal as possible.)
FLAGSTAFF, NOVEMBER 3RD – The Secretary of State called the tight race for Congressional District One in Arizona for Republican challenger Paul Gosar at 3:00 AM last night. In an upset victory, the NRCC- and Sarah Palin-backed candidate unseated Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick by less than 1,000 votes…
After conceding the race, Kirkpatrick delivered these remarks to her supporters and volunteers:
“It has been an honor to represent the folks of this district these past two years. I was born and raised in the White Mountains, and this is my home-the only home I’ve ever known. It’s where I’ve worked my whole life and where I raised my two daughters.
Now I know folks will start to speculate where things went wrong and why we fell short, but let’s reflect for a moment on what we were able to accomplish in just two short years. We passed a recovery package that prevented our economy from falling off a cliff and saved the jobs of thousands of teachers, firefighters, and law enforcement officers. It wasn’t perfect, and I was brutally attacked for supporting it, but it delivered relief at a critical time when our country and state badly needed it.
Then we tackled our broken health care system – an issue that had long been too difficult to handle. The special interests may have targeted me for my vote, but I am proud of all we accomplished. We can only hope that your new Congressman, Paul Gosar, won’t succeed in his plans to repeal the progress we made. That would not be fair to families who can now finally cover a child with pre-existing conditions, who now don’t have to worry about caps on coverage if they are chronically ill, and who can pay their premiums each month knowing that their coverage won’t be taken away when they need it most.
I want to thank you all for…
THIS DOES NOT HAVE TO HAPPEN!
With five weeks to go, we do not have to let Election Night end like this. But if we are going to stop it, we will need all hands on deck.
I know we all have lots of opinions, thoughts, and feelings about what we need to do next or how we can improve as a country. But many of the values we all share are under attack, and now is the time to come together and fight back against the National Republicans, corporate special interests, and New York City billionaires that are trying to take this election from us and reverse all we’ve done to build a better, safer, healthier and more prosperous America.
The solution is simple and one we know well here in Greater Arizona – Hard Work!
For the next 34 days, we need as many volunteers as we can recruit to make calls, knock on doors, and share with voters the importance of this election in November.
For those of you that may not be able to volunteer (though I hope everyone volunteers at least a few hours) – a contribution in whatever amount you can afford will help us keep charging forward.
Carmen Gallus, Campaign Manager
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September 29th, 2010 by admindude