That’s because I have had the privilege of serving the people of Florida and our country for most of my life. I don’t think anyone could have been as blessed. It has been a rewarding journey as well as a very humbling experience.
I was not victorious in this race but I still wish to strongly re-affirm the cause for which we fought: A public office is a public trust.
I want to say thanks to all of you who rallied to our cause. Who walked the precincts, knocked on the doors, made phone calls, and contributed your time and your resources.
We may have been heavily outspent in this campaign, but we were never outworked.
To all Floridians, whether you voted for me, or for my opponent, or you didn't vote at all, I ask that you to never give up this fight. There are great decisions ahead that will shape the course and character of America in the 21st century.
And yes, I will continue to fight hard for what’s right, and I will also encourage others to seek common ground with their colleagues on the other side of the aisle. Inevitably, at times, that effort will fall short — but we have to try!
We have to move beyond a politics that aims not just to defeat, but to destroy our opponents; where truth is treated as disposable, and the free press is assaulted as the enemy of the people.
There’s been a gathering darkness in our politics in recent years - but my hope, today, can be found in the words of John F. Kennedy who said civility can guide us through that darkness to a safe and sane future.
Thank you for all of your support over the years. God bless you and God bless our country.