Because of You
by Joe Garcia, Mon Jun 30, 2008 at 07:21:58 AM EDT
It's the last day of another quarter, and no doubt you'll be asked to dig deep into your pockets and make one last contribution before that FEC deadline hits at midnight. I wouldn't say no to any spare change you might throw in my direction, but that's not what I came here today to share.
I wanted to say thank you.
When I got into this race, I knew it wouldn't be an easy one. There were a number of obstacles in our way and a number of naysayers who didn't think we had a chance. But, over the past few months, we've built a grassroots campaign powered by thousands of individuals who have stepped up to say "enough is enough - it's time for a change". That grassroots support has caused people in South Florida, and up in Washington, DC, to stand up and take notice.
Last week, I was honored to receive the backing of the ALF-CIO, and I am proud to know that thousands of South Florida's working families have confidence in our cause.
But they aren't the only ones.
Your enthusiasm for our campaign gave us the foundation we needed to make it onto the DCCCs "Red to Blue" list. This is a reflection of what we have known for a while: South Florida is hungry for change, Mario Diaz-Balart is extremely vulnerable, and we can, and we will, beat an incumbent that many thought was untouchable.
The truth is, my opponent is running scared. He's tried throwing mud.
He's tried to paint us as Castro-sympathizing communists. He's tried to get away with lying about my record, and about our campaign. But it won't work for one simple reason: you haven't let him get away with it.
Every time he has tried to gain ground with a scurrilous attack, your support has beaten him back. For that, and so much more, I thank you.
The truth is that Mario Diaz-Balart has been nothing more than a rubberstamp for the disastrously bad policies of the Bush Administration. Now, as John McCain makes his run for Bush's third term, Mario is already rushing to be a rubberstamp for a McCain administration - for example, reversing his support for a bill critical to the health of South Florida's precious everglades - just in time for a photo-op with McCain.
It's long past time for a change - in South Florida and in Washington.
Together, we're building a solid campaign with a foundation of grassroots support that will be unbeatable in November. Because of you, I am confident that Mario Diaz-Balart won't have the opportunity to keep rubberstamping failed Republican policies. Because of you, I am confident that change is coming, and the way business is done in Washington won't be the same come November.
Because of you, I'm going to keep working hard to earn the votes of South Floridians, and because of you, I'll be campaigning knowing that I'm not alone.
Thank you for all that you've done already and all that you will do. I'm honored and humbled by your support.