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Tuesday, November 02, 2010
Text and Video of Diane Denish Concession Speech
The following are Diane Denish's remarks from earlier this evening, when she gave her concession speech at Hotel Andaluz to so many hard-working Democrats. Click for a video of her speech.
How about Brian Colon? I couldn’t have asked for a better running mate. He was a great infusion of energy on the campaign trail and he truly cares about the people of New Mexico. He has a great future ahead of him!
I want to thank my family for standing with me and allowing me to fight this fight.
I want to thank Ted F. Martinez, my dear friend who had double bypass surgery just a few weeks ago and came back to the campaign trail – I could not ever ask for a truer friend and confidant.
And finally, I want to thank everyone out there who supported me, helped us and fought so hard these past few months. Your hard work carried and inspired me.
I am honored to have served the people of our great state these last eight years. I am proud of our achievements, but also humbled by your faith and trust in me.
Win or lose, I would not be here without you. Herb and I are eternally grateful to each and everyone one of you in this room and those watching at home for your support and encouragement during this campaign.
Together we did all that we could do to win this race.
We have come up short but I hold my head high, and you should too. The voters, here and across the country, responding to economic and political forces have chosen a different direction.
I truly believe we would have been the more effective change agent, but as sometimes happens in politics the other side came out on top.
Susana Martinez and I have not yet spoken, but I congratulate you on your victory. You will be our next governor and I wish New Mexico well.
To the Democratic members of the Legislature both house and senate, thank you for your support in this election, and for your service to our state. I ask you, my fellow Democrats, to work with the new governor and your Republican colleagues.
It will be hard work, it will require a willingness to compromise on both sides of the aisle, and most of all it will demand civility and respect. The people of New Mexico deserve that.
This has been a hard-fought election but starting tonight the rancor must end as we pull together for the good of the state.
I will do what I can over the next sixty days to ensure a smooth transition.
I am proud to be a Democrat because I believe government can and must be a force for good.
I will never back down from that belief.
We are in an era of great cynicism. Sound bites and catch phrases without a whole lot of substance behind any of it.
The competition of ideas has lost out to the competition of gotcha.
We are all – me included – guilty of playing along with it.
I just hope in the future we can break the cycle of attack-driven politics – and have real conversations about what’s important – jobs, economic security, clean air and water, making sure kids have health care and a good education.
Tomorrow is a new day. New Mexico faces tremendous challenges and there is much work to be done. On January 1st I will again be a private citizen. But rest assured that I will be here with you to resolve the enormous challenges we face in this state that we love so much.
I am very sad and disappointed that my home state of New Mexico did not elect Diane Denish. She is a very honest, dedicated public servant. I grew up in Hobbs and my cousin is one of Diane's good friends. I know from my cousin and everything I know about Diane that she is very honest and caring and loves New Mexico. I live in Texas but my heart is still in New Mexico. I have been trying to find a way to move to Northern New Mexico. I am rethinking my plan to move to New Mexico because I don't think New Mexico's future looks positive!!
Posted by: Vicki Stewart | Nov 2, 2010 11:50:26 PM
Sigh. Ok, the qofdisks will some of the painful analysis.
Both the governor's race and the sec. of state races were the same punk out as the Albuquerque mayor's race. Diane Denish was the right candidate but the wrong pick for the Democrats. Republicans were able to paint her with Bill Richardson status quo just as electing Marty Chavez would have been status quo in hard times. The failure was Bill Richardson's in not continuing to to campaign serving only his legacy in such a short sighted way that had he been in campaign mode all through his terms the good he did for this state might have countered the constant denigration of his rule by the right. Everyone is scared and angry and does not trust the status quo. So, what do the Democrats do? They run the status quo.
The right wing never ever let up on campaigning on their divisive issues, anger and fear but the Democrats, once in power think they can relax and rule quietly all the while being pounded consistently by the right.
When people vote by their emotion rather than their intellect, they vote against their own interest.
John Stewart calls for sanity but it seems that clear-headedness loses.
Posted by: qofdisks | Nov 3, 2010 7:16:40 AM
A small election story summed up the differences in Denish and Martinez for me. In preparation for the last debate, the excited make up artist for Denish arrived in a small green truck with her 18 month old son and her mother to take care of the child. For Martinez, two polished twenty somethings with mile high heels and "bump-its" in place arrived....in a new white SUV with Texas license plates. I kid you not. I have to hand it to the two girls, they did a fine job of putting that earnest sheen on Martinez's face.
If the adage is true that they govern like they campaign, we better start hiding the New Mexico silverware.
Posted by: NMGladiator | Nov 3, 2010 10:33:01 AM
Thank you Denish for your service, you will be missed.
Unfortunately, I DO believe Ms. Denish could have had a better running mate. We definitely wouldn't have lost in Guadalupe County, split up in Northern Counties, Luna, etc. But oh well. James Lewis will be a great Governor Candidate in '14!
I also thank Mary for her service. She can thank Don Francisco Trujillo for all the broken relationships that caused her demise. If Maggie isn't careful, she will have the same problem with her #2.
Posted by: Still Proud Dem | Nov 3, 2010 11:04:13 AM
Denish had years to establish bonds with political leaders and voters and set up a strong grassroots network all over the state including Northern NM but she didn't. She put all her eggs in the raise money for TV ads basket and Martinez outspent her there with money from poisonous Texas Republicans and money from oil, gas and other big corporations funneled through the Republican Governors Association.
Her campaign never created a coherent message and was on the defensive from day one. The campaign never figured out how to get any positive media coverage and took many voters for granted. Why did Denish lose Bernalillo County? It was ignored and taken for granted with no big rallies or any attention to making a strong ground game.
The campaign went North too late trying to gain back converts won early by Martinez. It was rightly seen as too little too late and full of desperation.
The only bright light in the campaign was Brian Colon. If it wasn't for his energy and work on the ground the totals would have been worse.
Next time, hire a campaign staff that has experience and knows the state.
Posted by: Esq. | Nov 3, 2010 11:56:04 AM