This is a press release sent to The Eye by Wayne Winsley. Winsley was the Republican challenger for our city's seat in the U.S. House of Representative. He was defeated by Rosa DeLauro in Tuesday's election, losing in our city 12,833 to 3,802.
“Today is a sad day for American conservatives. Particularly, that’s the case for conservative republicans here in Connecticut where once again liberal democrats have run the table and swept every federal office in the state. The natural tendency is to wring our hands and ask: "where do we go from here?"
But here is the truth.
We played hard and left it all on the field. Today, we are exhausted, our uniforms are torn and stained, and our psyche bruised and battered from the political thrashing that we have taken. We have nothing to be ashamed of. The values and principles that built this great nation remain just as true and worth fighting for as they ever were.
Remember, the final whistle has not sounded on the future of our country. We are still in the game.
The people have spoken and now the other team has the ball. They must either advance it or be held accountable for their failure. There can be no excuses, no rationalizations, and no evasions.
Like George Washington's army at Valley Forge we will persevere through this long continuing winter of liberal rule. We will marshal our resources and hone our message. When the politics of free stuff and deficit spending fails (and it will), we must be ready to march in the spring of the next election.
Yes, today is a sad day for America, but the saddest day would be the day we stop fighting for America.
God bless you, your family, and may God Bless America.