Got a note from Andy Feldman, who came up 70 votes short in Tuesday's primary.
I think Andy ran a fantastic campaign, nearly perfect. I eventually predicted Pasch would best Feldman by 1%, which is exactly what happened .. I had Feldman winning until the Journal-Sentinel endorsed Pasch.
Andy has a real gift for public speaking, and, as he suggests below, he'll have a future in politics. At 34, he's got plenty of races in him.
From: Andy Feldman [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, September 11, 2008 3:44 PM
To: Kevin Buckley
Subject: Re: Election
I would like to tell everyone how much their enthusiastic support meant to me. What a group! Hard working and selfless in the true Wisconsin tradition. Whether it was by hosting meet and greets, yard signs, postcard writing, distributing literature, donating, and finally voting, I am truly thankful.
There is no doubt: After working so hard, it is tough to lose by such a close margin – 70 votes. I'm disappointed, and I know many of you are too. I was excited to bring my energy and ideas, and by strong background and experience in public policy, to represent my home district in the legislature.
But from a larger perspective, what a remarkable campaign it was! When I entered the race in March, one candidate had already racked up a slew of endorsements and had a lot of community connections. And around the time I entered, two other candidates jumped in – one with a famous last name in Wisconsin, and the other who is a village board president.
Six months and 8,000 door knocks later, we came very close to an upset! People like you, from all over the district, and all walks of life, joined our campaign. You knew how important it was to make progress on keeping our schools strong, passing comprehensive healthcare reform, and becoming a leader again in protecting our environment.
I wish all the best to Sandy Pasch who won the race, and I ask you to strongly support her in November. I believe she'll do an excellent job, and I have a ton of respect for the way she kept campaigning after having a serious injury. And I congratulate Dan Kohl and Guy Johnson for their efforts and strong desire to serve the community. We can be proud that our district fielded four smart, well-intentioned, personable candidates.
As for me, the next adventure awaits. I'm a big believer that when one door closes, another opens. I'm going to take a few days to rest and then will start thinking about what to do next. There are many ways to advance the public good.
And just in case you were wondering, I haven't given up my desire to serve Wisconsin in elected office. It's a dream deferred, not a dream extinguished.
With thanks and gratitude,
Good luck on your next project, Andy.