Iott concession remarksWritten by Toledo Free Press Staff Writers | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Prepared remarks from Rich Iott, candidate for Ohio’s 9th Congressional District, on election night results:
“There are so many people to thank that I’m not really sure where to begin.
“When I decided to run for Congress, I was frustrated at the direction our country was taking and was willing to do whatever was necessary to put our nation back on track. I soon found myself surrounded by terrific supporters and volunteers who agreed with me and were willing to put their efforts toward our common goal. To all of you who’ve worked so hard – putting up signs, making calls, putting on stamps and labels, stuffing envelopes, knocking on doors, marching in parades – all the things that helped us get to tonight, my sincerest thank you.
“To all the people who believed in me enough to donate to my campaign – your contributions helped pay for all those phones and stamps and labels and envelopes – and all the mailers, television and radio ads. Without the financial support – whether it was the maximum amount or the two dollar donations from the Two Dollar Project – we wouldn’t be here without you and I’m deeply grateful.
“I was also honored to be endorsed by such terrific organizations as the National and Ohio Right to Life PACs, the Susan B. Anthony List, Gun Owners of America, Buckeye Firearms Association and the National Federation of Independent Business. These organizations were willing to get behind a first-time candidate based upon my beliefs and my word – and I want to thank them as well.
“While many of you have done so much, I want to especially thank Joe Jaffe. For those of you who don’t Joe, he was the Libertarian candidate for congress who decided not to run, but to endorse and support me. We knew this would be a close election and I know his calls and efforts on my behalf helped us in the final counts.
“To my family – Chris, Devon and Ian – you’ve always been there for me and this endeavor was no different. We’ve always done things as a family and I know that I never would have embarked down this road if it hadn’t been for your support and your confidence in me. Thank you for coming on this journey with me.
“And because of all of you, we put on a terrific campaign and tonight, I thank you for your votes. Even though we did not win at the polls, there is still much to celebrate.
“It looks like we’ll have a new governor by the name of John Kasich.
“We’ll have a new senator named Rob Portman.
“State Representative Barbara Sears will continue to serve the 46th House District.
“And, we’ve won back control of the U.S. House of Representatives.
“Across the nation, the American people have sent a message so loud that even President Obama had to hear it.
“I wish Marcy Kaptur well in her next two years and I wish this fantastic Congressional district the success it deserves.
“Now, I know I’ve asked a lot of you during this campaign and I’d like to ask one more thing. Please pray for our elected officials. Pray that they listen and make good judgments on our behalf – and continue to pray for our country – the greatest nation on earth.
“Again, thank you all for placing your trust in me and for being with me throughout the campaign and tonight.
“Good night – and God Bless.”