Mary and I extend our deepest thanks to everyone who helped our campaign for State Auditor with donations, encouragement, advice, support, and votes. After driving around the state for a year I love Iowa more deeply than ever, especially the smaller cities and little towns with so much personality and pride, the sweeping take-your-breath-away, seasonal panoramas, the great road system, the friendly folks at Casey’s and Kum and Go and cafes on the courthouse square, the talk radio stations, the local radio and newspaper reporters who do their research and ask great questions, the list could go on and on.
There should be no tears about losing this election, or any other: the voters have spoken, and it is the job of political folks who lost to learn and adjust and retool so that we can win next time. Of course part of the problem is outside money, but that is the world we live in now, no point complaining. 2016 will offer a very different map and a very different set of voters, lets resolve to improve how we communicate our message and organize our efforts so that in two years there is much to celebrate.
The only thing that stings is thinking about what we could have done to really improve Iowa government and save taxpayers some significant money, raising issues that the State Auditor is uniquely suited to raise. Perhaps that will still happen.
Finally, my father would want me to include this quotation from Adlai Stevenson’s 1952 concession speech: “Someone asked me, as I came in, down on the street, how I felt, and I was reminded of a story that a fellow-townsman of ours used to tell—Abraham Lincoln. They asked him how he felt once after an unsuccessful election. He said that he was too old to cry, but it hurt too much to laugh.”