Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Election Results

Not Pretty....but....

Never say "die."   My running mate and I lost the local election by a wide margin.

While I am disappointed, my actual feelings are mixed. Not being an elected official does allow me a lot more freedom to be an activist without the obligations of office. I was, of course, hoping to do battle from the inside for a while, but I've been pretty effective on the outside, so that's where I'll stay for the time being.

Losing is never quite a pleasant experience, but when you run on an Independent ticket as we did, you run the risk in a serious way.  It's kind of a sad commentary on American politics that third party candidates rarely win, but we went in knowing that.

For now, we are just going to sit back, take a deep breath and consider the future.

Will I run again?  Hard to say.  But for now, I am just going to take a bit of a break and enjoy being retired.

9 comments:

  1. I think it will be better to be in the opposition ^-^ If you were elected, you might have found out that your hands and feet were tied up. I think it is much more difficult than it seems. It is better to be in the opposition ^-^

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  2. You made a good effort, but you're right about independent candidates - the two major parties seem to have a lock on things. I doubt your political engagement will wane, and, as you point out, being on the outside can have its advantages.

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  3. Commiserations to you Jean, but it sounds like you fight a great fight from where you are already stood ;)

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  4. Yay running as an independent! I'm so sick of major parties that I will vote for anyone not affiliated with them. Not that it matters in this state. ;-)

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  5. agree with muriel, to a great extent, in that often people get elected and then find various laws/financial situations/etc mean they can't do what they want...

    and TBH i had wondered if you might find it all a bit much....

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  6. It was definitely a "Be careful what you wish for" risk that you were willing to take.
    Bravo for making the effort!

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  7. Sorry to hear that you lost but the good news is that you can still do a lot of good from the outside as an activist.You'll have more time to ride and work with your boys too.

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  8. I too was thinking that the upside of losing would be to enjoy retirement and have more time for the horses.

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  9. In connection with what Mary Lou said, just think... Now, you will have more time for choir!

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