I would like to thank everyone involved with Flip the 49th for having me tonight, and for all of your leadership for the past year.
Before tonight’s event, in an abundance of caution, our campaign engaged an experienced election law attorney solely for the purpose of analyzing the legal permissibility of my participating this evening. And, after reviewing the factual and legal issues involved, he obviously concluded that I was able to participate.
Everything we discussed tonight was public information – whether it was the Flip the 49th Poll results, or any discussion of the strength of our campaign and our path to victory. I fully expect that Flip the 49th will scrupulously obey the election laws, and I attended solely to exercise my First Amendment right to speak about information that’s already publicly available.
I’d also like to say that the other campaigns have known that Flip the 49th was co-hosting this Viability forum since February 1st, yet have only made their concerns known this afternoon.
It’s my opinion that by not attending, these other campaigns are showing a complete disregard for the activists who have worked so hard to put this event together, and who have also worked so hard for the past year to flip this district.
There appears to be a coordinated effort to trash this event and belittle the opinions of those in the room – and that is not the kind of contempt for the grassroots that we need in our future member of Congress. That is what we’ve come to expect from Darrell Issa.
We need someone who will embrace and fight for the grassroots. I’m proud that the grassroots are the core of my campaign and will be at the core of my service.
Finally, I’d like to thank Christina Prejean for her courage and grace tonight. She is a hero and I’m looking forward to working with her for many years to come.