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To the editor:
In many areas of Illinois, we Republicans steeled
ourselves against Barack Obama's winds of change and indeed defeated
incumbent Democrats for county offices and county board seats. We
stood our ground in heavily contested congressional and legislative
races and saw the Democrats fall far short of meeting their
expectations of picking off Republican seats in the House and
I want to congratulate President-elect Obama. He won a
hard-earned victory in an unprecedented and historic campaign. His
next task is to assemble the administration team that will guide him
and our country through the next four years. In Illinois, I believe
it is important that he retain Patrick Fitzgerald as part of the
Obama administration as the U.S. attorney for the Northern District
Tuesday was a strong day for the Illinois Republican Party
because we stood strong. We met the Obama force head-on and watched
it dissipate in the face of our efforts, our unity and our
I applaud those of you who supported Republican candidates with
your work, your wallets and your votes. Thank you to all. Believe
me, your hard work did not go unnoticed. And I applaud all the
Republicans who put their names on the ballot -- from Sen. McCain
and Gov. Palin down the entire GOP ticket.
I want to especially congratulate congressman-elect Aaron Schock
and those candidates who won their first ballot victories for the
Legislature -- men and women such as Dan Duffy and Tim Bivins in the
Illinois Senate and John Cavaletto, Kay Hatcher, Mike Connelly and
Darlene Senger in the Illinois House.
We weren't successful in every endeavor, but we never wavered
from the challenge. We gave it our best shot in every race.
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That is the type of spirit we Illinois Republicans must carry
forward from Tuesday. That is the type of effort we must carry
forward to victory in November 2010.
Two years from now, Illinois voters will elect a new governor.
That may seem like a long time away, but winning starts now. It
2010 will be the election that determines the fate of Illinois
Republicans for a decade to come. We cannot allow the Democratic
Party to maintain its stranglehold on Illinois government, because
the redistricting map they would draw could spell the demise of the
Illinois Republican Party for years.
As you know, I have spent the last 23 months helping to build a
stronger Republican Party and laying the foundation for another run
for governor in 2010. Tuesday's results have strengthened my
resolve, and I hope to lead the Republican ticket in 2010.
As governor, I want to help business thrive, help families grow
and prosper, regain trust, and unify Illinois. But this is not a
quest of just one man. It will take the same kind of determination
we Republicans showed Tuesday throughout this state to achieve our
Together, we can reduce government's influence and raise
individual opportunity. We will rebuild our state so our children
and grandchildren choose to live and work here with a future of
promise and prosperity. We will balance our budget and pay down our
debt. We will turn cynicism into confidence and replace gridlock
with action. We will together resolve our challenges and put
Illinois back on the right track. And we will bring honor back once
again to Illinois.
I'm asking for your help and your support in fulfilling our
shared vision of what Illinois can be once again. Let's work
together to reclaim the prominence and promise of Illinois.
November 08, 2008]
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