First of all, I want to thank ALL of you for getting out to vote.
Have you ever flown home after coming from a different time zone? If you have, then you know what it feels like to experience jet lag. That is what I'm feeling like today and I'm sure many elected officials are feeling the same way.
Over the last three weeks we have been working day and night not only putting up regular articles but researching, interviewing, supporting candidates, all the while trying to balance a Family.
Getting up this morning was not at all easy but when I did, (like the majority of you) I did so with a HUGE smile on my face. I was smiling because I stood there side by side with the very humbled Carl Anderton and Bob Culver throughout the night. Neither man carried themselves as if they had just kicked their opponents rear end. That is NOT who they are.
These are two men who truly care. They want to deliver a better Eastern Shore and you know what, they will.
I watched Larry Hogan give his acceptance speech last night and I have to say, the reason why we endorsed the candidates we did was based on exactly what Governor Elect Hogan stated. This is NOT about republicans against democrats. This is OUR state, ALL of us and we need to stand side by side and do what's right for ALL.
You see, WE DO mean something to some public officials and for the first time in many years, WE need to come together. We cannot tax our way out of this horrible economy. Local counties and municipalities need to put on their big boy pants and figure out how we can rebuild without putting our hands out to Annapolis. Yet we also need strong leaders who will stand up for our way of life in Annapolis and demand respect. I firmly believe we now have those representatives.
This morning I had a wonderful conversation with Mike McDermott. Mike is so proud to have served you as a state Delegate. When you are up against a candidate that is financially backed with all the money Jim Mathias had been given, well, we all know that's hard to beat. HOWEVER, look at the numbers Ladies & Gentlemen. For a guy who had next to nothing financially, Mike did an incredible job.
Funny, Congressman Andy Harris won his election by 71% and guess what, he never ran a commercial asking for a sympathy vote by bringing his recently deceased Wife into politics. GOOD PEOPLE would never think of going there and while I have known Jim Mathias for 35 years, he has lost my respect in a very big way.
Now, let me say this. Yes, last night was a huge victory for the state of Maryland and especially the Eastern Shore. As we stated earlier, we certainly cannot, (will not) take all the credit but I will say that we deserve a small part of it. Why, because we have multiple people behind the scenes who have helped Salisbury News deliver information you did NOT see in the main stream media.
Oh, some media sources were forced to tell some of the information we delivered but all in all we have a liberal media machine who never gave each republican candidate a fair shake. Salisbury News did. Because of these behind the scene contributors we delivered factual, documented information not seen anywhere else. These are every day citizens who helped make a huge difference and while I cannot name names, we thank you for all of your help.
Finally, our work is nowhere near done. In fact, similar to the way Carl Anderton and Bob Culver woke up this morning I'm sure they thought, Holy Crap, what do we do now. To answer that question to all newly elected people, YOU UNITE AND YOU LEAD. The snake oil salesmen are almost gone, the tide is in your favor and together, (democrat and republican) we heal and rebuild.
Congratulations to ALL newly elected representatives. Remember, NEVER FORGET WHERE YOU CAME FROM.