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New Yorkers, Kossacks for Craig, exhausted staffers and volunteers, stem cell warriors all: the final twenty-four hours are before you. The rest of the country can do nothing more to help you now. You are tired, but we know you do not rest. Your brains are fried and your bodies shaking from too much coffee and too little sleep, yet we ask you now for one last great effort: just one more day.

From all across America, we who support stem cell research, who share your belief in Craig, can only cheer for you and wish you strength.

If Tuesday comes, and Craig Johnson loses by only an inch — well, that must NOT be. Your courage and conviction are our hope and strength, and we are counting on you.

Craig Johnson is the man to complete your tremendous mission - all your work.  Craig’s opponent, Maureen O'Connell, "says she supports stem-cell research (emphasis added) ... but her voting record indicates otherwise. In 2004, O'Connell introduced a bill that would have banned... most forms of stem-cell research." - Newsday, 1/29/07

America has had enough of such duplicity. We want honest supporters of the research in office, and that will only happen because of people like you.

Please know, that our hopes and dreams and best wishes ride with you tonight.

People like my paralyzed son, and my sister who has cancer — we may never know your names, never be able to shake your hand and hug you — but when my son walks again, and when my sister emerges from the valley of the shadow of death, maybe we will look back upon this night, and remember what you did, and have done.

Thank you for this great effort.

Like the patrolmen who daily risk their lives against gangsters with guns, like the firemen who charge into the choking smoke and roaring flame to rescue a stranger, like the nurses who labor beyond exhaustion every day-- you are truly New York’s finest.

You are fighting for more than the great state of New York. All across this country, people are tired of narrow ideological restriction on research which may save lives.

We want our families safe. We depend on strong supporters of stem cell therapies and cures—people like Craig—and that means people like you, who will take that extra step, do that last little bit of additional labor, knock on one more door, make one more phone call, or give one more ride to an elderly person who has no way to make it to the polls-- to eak out the victory which will change the world for the better.

From all of us who love someone who is at risk, we need the hope your courage inspires.

We send a hug-- America sends a hug and handshake and a high-five—to the warriors of New York.

Go, go, go, and GOTV-- get out the vote tomorrow!

Thank you.

Don C. Reed

Originally posted to diverdonreed on Mon Feb 05, 2007 at 01:24 AM PST.

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