Tuesday, September 19, 2006

From Keith: Thank you for your amazing support!

Dear Friend,

What a whirlwind it’s been since our victory on September 12! Since last Tuesday it's been so exciting to be able to show off to the local, state, and national media that have contacted us the amazing grassroots coalition we’ve built here in the 5th Congressional District. And we haven't stopped working hard in the last week to keep out in front of voters as we continue to put forth our positive message for the November 7 general election.

Still, I didn't want to let another moment go by without thanking each and every one of you for the incredible support, heart-felt encouragement, and tremendous effort you put into our victory. It was awe-inspiring to see the difference that real people at the grassroots can make to counter negativity and raise hope! I’m told we had around 900 volunteers on Election Day alone who helped raise turnout dramatically in some parts of the district and bring thousands of new primary voters to the polls.

We'd love to hear your stories from September 12! Tell us how you knocked on people's doors and helped bring them to the polls, what you heard or saw that day or the night before, or how you felt when you voted or we won, so that we can share them with everyone else. Send us an email by Friday to cd5stories@yahoo.com and we'll send them out in a special edition of the Ellison Extra.

We can be proud that this is the kind of campaign we have run. This just goes to show once again that this election has not been about whether I would get to Congress; rather, it’s been about the kind of democracy we want to build and the kind of future we want to make for ourselves.

If you were able to join us at our victory party at the Blue Nile on Tuesday night, you know it was amazing! I’ve been so touched by the number of people who have shared with me since then how beautiful it was to celebrate with people from every faith, race, age, and circumstance. The feeling of good will, fellowship and shared commitment to a better future was magical. No one wanted to go home! (If you couldn’t be there, you can still catch part of it at http://blip.tv/file/73328 or http://www.mnstories.com/archives/2006/09/index.html. Thanks to Chuck Olson for filming!)

I promise you that for the next 50 days, we will continue to run a positive campaign. We will run the campaign that talks about peace as our guiding principle, that talks about human rights, that talks about universal health care, that talks about economic and environmental justice. Above all, we will be the campaign that stands boldly and unapologetically for the principle that everybody counts.

But once again, we cannot do this without your grassroots help. I hope you will continue to be involved with our campaign and to volunteer as much time as you are able to create our future together. Please give us a call.

I am humbled by the faith you have shown in me. I thank you again for all the work, energy and love you have shown our campaign.

With deepest gratitude,


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