Thanks to you and your family for the remarkable energy and focus you gave to your campaign. I know the misstep of the last couple of weeks must be very painful; I thought the email from your wife that followed that was full of humanity. I had given my small contribution to both yours and Julie’s campaigns. I had been, as a friend said, dithering back and forth between voting for you or Julie Oliver, looking for who was most likely to have a bit of a chance in the race against Roger Williams. I think Julie probably does, just because if there is a wave that will bring out non-traditional voters, in most cases, it’s likely to be the wave of women. That said, in the end, I cast my vote for you – because the email sent under your wife’s signature after the dodgy business of taking on Julie’s campaign the way your campaign did– spoke to me of the hard, hard work you two undertook (appearing in many living rooms and at many doorsteps to talk with people, including my doorstep where you spoke with my adult son and in a neighbor’s living room where I heard you speak things I believe). The reality is when we are working fiercely hard we all sometimes make mistakes. Most, however, don’t apologize, even if it is through a woman; and sometimes it just takes a woman in our society to offer the human face. Thanks to you and your wife for your courage and stamina, and I plan to join you in campaigning for Julie.
Mary (Molly) Sharpe
Friends for Civil Action website: https://mollysharpe.wordpress.com