Vince Flaherty, candidate to the U.S. House of Representatives, was raised in federal District 33, the wealthiest and most strategic area in the nation. It is the gateway for the world’s fourth busiest harbor, one of the worlds's largest airports, the motion picture capital of the world, as well as fine universities, thriving businesses, refineries, military and information contractors, and all of it inside a state that happens to have the highest percentage of judicial injustice, poverty and homelessness.
Long before the incumbent congressman was asked to step down because it became too expensive electing him last time, I understood it would be an important election. As this district goes, so goes California and often later the nation.
However, because of the intentional eleventh hour announcement of his retirement, we had to start our last campaign only 21 days before the election. I had no name recognition, and no help at all from either side of the red and blue political machine; the purple gang as I like to call them.
But you showed up and were eager to assist, and in that way we all became winners, because the flicker of democracy burned brighter when we engaged to confront injustice.
There weren't all so many of us on such short notice. That's why it was surprising to see a cross-section of the whole interracial and ideological makeup of this district, and we had young men and women, young Americans, who voted for the first time.
Thank you for voting for me. It means a lot. It's an honor to represent you and your faith in our future. I'm looking forward to interacting with you again, and to being of your service.