Regardless of what happened, I was proud, and happy to vote for Martha Coakley. I really, and truly, feel that too much emphasis, and criticism went to her about the 2010 loss against Scott Brown. Power is in the partnerships we make, not in holding grudges from four years ago. I would like to also emphasize that due to the nature being held against her on 2010, I agree that waiting out until the next day was the right decision to make. I understand that Martha Coakley was not solely a political candidate, but also a human being.
It was a great pleasure to also vote for Steve Kerrigan, whom I got to know during this election season. It’s important to not only have good candidates, but also someone who is like you (in this case, gay). Voting for Kerrigan really represented to me something more than just a political candidate. As an openly gay person like me, Steve would have an understanding of the similar hurdles I face and the myriad of situations that are available out there when you are someone like me in the world, in the United States, and in Massachusetts. I find that not only compelling, but also really important, even if there isn’t an entire understanding. No regrets about it though. None.
I think there is no better quote than the good Senator Ted Kennedy to end this post. There is always another election around the bend if you wait long enough.
“For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.”
August 12th, 1980