Well, as a number of you are aware, Jerry Tetalman officially lost the race to Rep. Darrell "Darth Vader" Issa in the race in California's 49th Congressional District. No worries! It's not the end of the world. After all, this was an uphill battle but nevertheless, Jerry Tetalman did wage a credible fight even while getting NO support from Democrats nationally or even any progressive groups like Democracy for America. This goes to show you that strong grassroots campaigning DOES work even while you are progressive and fact significant odds.
Below are the voting results per Huffington Post's election dashboard. Notice how many votes Jerry Tetalman received, considering the 49th Congressional District leans conservative.
Darrell Issa (R)
Percentage of Votes: 58.9%
Jerry Tetalman (D)
Percentage of Votes: 41.1%
Here's Jerry Tetalman's announcement via e-mail:
Thanks For Your Support!We know of course what'll happen. We're going to concentrate on efforts to unseat Darth Vader Issa once and for all in 2014, now that our message has come out.
Thank you for your support and hard work during my campaign for Congress.
Together we made a difference, and made a strong showing for our progressive values. The election tally shows that we won 41% of the vote in the 49th District. That’s the best showing ever against Darrell Issa.
Although my effort fell short, I am thrilled that the American people voted on Tuesday for four more years of progress by voting for a President who wants to expand the American Dream for middle-class families across our country. The re-election of President Obama is a cause for celebration.
When we first started this campaign, no one gave us a chance against one of the richest and most powerful people in Congress. But we were determined. And bit by bit, our grass roots campaign grew from a small volunteer group working out of my Carlsbad home, to a legitimate, professional campaign.
Thanks to you, as our message spread through word-of-mouth, phone calls, on-line media and social media, it became a national campaign attracting postal workers, outraged women and progressive voices across the country.
Once we opened our Carlsbad campaign headquarters and staffed the Orange County Democratic office, the campaign really took off. I want to thank all of you who volunteered over the last 15 months, staffing the offices, stuffing envelopes, making thousands of phone calls, attending rallies, and contributing your hard-earned money to fund a professional campaign.
Your financial support made it possible to run the offices, hire staff, run newspaper and radio ads, and do all the voter outreach of a successful campaign. We are closing out our 2012 accounts and paying off campaign expenses, so any ongoing financial support is still very much appreciated!
I especially want you to know that although the 2012 election campaign is over, our community of progressive voices will continue on. I hope we can keep working to build a strong economy, protect our environment and advocate for women’s rights.
I will stay in touch and let you know about opportunities to participate in our on-going work.
All the best,
Our mailing address is:
Jerry Tetalman for Congress
300 Carlsbad Village Dr. #4 Ste 108A
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Here's the one video of Jerry Tetalman on why your voices matter. This is comparable to Barack Obama's message of empowerment.
In the meantime, let's show Jerry Tetalman and his campaign some love as they work to pay off the expenses in the campaign:
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