I wish to thank all of those who voted for me and especially the Imperial County voters who gave me, as a first-time candidate, a striking 60.2 percent to 39.8 percent victory in the Imperial County part of the 51st congressional district over my Democratic primary opponent, Bob Filner.
However, my grass-roots campaign was not adequate to reach voters in the more populous San Diego County portion of the newly drawn 51st and Bob Filner, who represented much of that area in the old 50th, has won the Democratic Party nomination for the new 51st by a vote of 70 percent to 30 percent.
I ran for Congress because I wanted to offer voters a real choice in this election; not just a candidate selected, funded and supported by extremist special interest groups and party and union bosses.
We need real elections — not "selection" in which the winners are predetermined by party bosses and big money "Lords of the Campaign Lettuce." With such phony elections and candidates, many voters see little incentive to even vote.