Friends and Supporters,
I am profoundly grateful for the strong support I received on Tuesday from 4th District voters. I received 57% of the vote from over 200,000 voters! In an otherwise very gloomy election night, I am proud to have the opportunity to continue to serve Minnesota families in the U.S. House.
It was a very difficult election night and the reality is just starting to sink in. But one thing is clear -- I will do everything I can to stop Donald Trump and the Republican Congress' dangerous, hateful agenda from hurting millions of people (like eliminating health insurance for 20 million Americans benefiting from the ACA).
These were the very heartfelt remarks I delivered to supporters last night which I hope you take a look at.
Thank you for your support!
Friends, let me start by thanking the voters of Ramsey and Washington counties for your trust and support. It is my honor to be once again elected to fight for Minnesota families in Congress!
And, you can count on me to continue to work to solve our nation’s biggest challenges.
I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress in the manner my constituents expect – with civility, respect, and decency towards all.
I want to thank my campaign staff, our volunteers, and so many supporters for all the hard work pounding the pavement and getting the vote out. Thank you!
I also want to thank my congressional staff for their dedication and commitment to serving Minnesota families.
And, I am deeply grateful for the love and support of my family, especially my daughter Katie who is here tonight.
Friends, for our nation, this election has been a long, exhausting battle. It has unleashed a mean and ugly politics.
This election has exposed a Republican Party openly embracing the gutter politics of racism, misogyny, and xenophobia. And, today, in too many states across this country, that ugliness has been rewarded.
This election has unleashed a darkness in our society that must be confronted, never accommodated!
Friends, I don’t know how this race for president will turn out, but I commit to you I will fight against Donald Trump’s bigotry, scapegoating, and lies.
Tea Party Republicans will continue to control the U.S. House. Yet, you can count on me to carry our values forward – the values of the Democratic Farmer Labor Party.
And that means always standing up for workers rights, human rights, and women’s reproductive rights!
We have a tough job ahead. We must all remain vigilant. We must continue to stand with our neighbors, friends, co-workers and fellow Americans of every race, ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation. Our diversity is the strength of our great country.
We must remain vigilant and always reject and condemn the politics of islamophobia, anti-semitism, homophobia, and blatant racism and sexism that has infected American politics.
Friends, the future it is in your hands. We must stand together and fight for a better America, a more just America.
Let’s fight for an America where hard work and decency are rewarded.
Let’s fight for an America where families can succeed and we strive to eliminate income inequality and poverty.
I am so proud to be a DFLer. I am proud to be a Minnesotan.
Thank you 4th District voters.
Thank you for the opportunity to fight for Minnesota families in Congress!