Sunday, April 15, 2018

Ray drops out of race UPDATED

I entered this race for Congress last year, because I believed that the democratic ideals we hold dear are important to a large number of people and that we have been badly represented by Keith Rothfus. I have spent the last few years of my life working to help elect democrats in our area, and have been particularly focused on helping to strengthen our party at the local level to build a strong infrastructure for future success. We have had many big wins in Northern Allegheny County, and it is critical that we continue to fight this war across southwestern PA in 2018, 2019 and 2020 so that we can turn PA - and the Country - blue again.
This congressional race has become a national flashpoint. The GOP is taking our country in the wrong direction, and voters are alarmed that Republicans in Congress have failed to restrain a president who is spinning out of control. We must elect qualified Democrats to office to push back before it gets any worse and before it is too late, and it is crucial that we fight with one voice in November to take back Congress. Therefore, I strongly believe that it is in all of our best interests right now for me to move my efforts and energies in a direction other than running for Congress in PA-17. Today, I am getting behind Conor Lamb for this seat.
One of the reasons I chose to run for Congress was that I wanted to give to something greater than myself. I have been fortunate to meet so many wonderful people going door-to-door in our area, and to be able to build relationships throughout our community. I am always amazed by how energized and dedicated our team of volunteers is, and how they are so passionate about getting people to come out and vote for our candidates. I am especially in awe of our young people who have stepped up over these last months. I will now focus my efforts again on helping to lead this fight over the next few years, and look forward to electing democrats up and down the ballot.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of the faith you have shown me in this race. Our cause is just, but unattainable without your continued and focused efforts. I am humbled to witness these efforts every day. Deborah, Abby and I are tremendously grateful for all of your friendship and support. We look forward to fighting arm and arm with you for years to come.

Update April 16, 2017 9:36 PM Conor Lamb alone after Ray Linsenmayer drops out of Democratic race for 17th district

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

The first and only time i've ever been delighted to say I told you so. Ray was never going to win this primary.

"We must elect qualified Democrats to office to push back before it gets any worse and before it is too late, and it is crucial that we fight with one voice in November to take back Congress. Therefore, I strongly believe that it is in all of our best interests right now for me to move my efforts and energies in a direction other than running for Congress in PA-17. Today, I am getting behind Conor Lamb for this seat."

You gonna do this, Elaine?

Or are you going to continue to talk about how no one who has children should vote for Conor Lamb because of his views on the assault weapons ban?

You gonna unite behind Democrats you disagree with, Elaine?

Or are you going to once again make the wrong decision and send men like Donald Trump to the White House?

You don't get to feign outrage when someone calls you nicknames, when you yourself routinely throw civil discourse out the window on your blog.

if you really care about the direction of this country, Elaine, phone bank. Canvass. Own up to your mistake in voting for Donald Trump, talk about why you did it, and convince others that they should not repeat your mistake.

If you do not do these things, you're nothing but a hypocrite.

Anonymous said...

That statement is an example of class and grace sorely lacking in our modern political environment. So let's follow his advice and move this country forward! Conor's fight is Ray's fight.

E. T. Gillen said...

4:19 PM, why do you care? After all the shit you said about me? WHY DO YOU CARE?
After all, I am "the crazy deer lady from Mt. Lebanon."
Elaine

Anonymous said...

4:19's approach to garner support for Lamb is not unique. Shame, force, and ridicule are right out of the Century of Excellence playbook.

Anonymous said...

4:19,

Is it possible for you to comment on the message, rather than the messenger? Get a life.

How sad that we are once again left without a choice of candidates for the House of Representatives.

Anonymous said...

I just wish the Lebo Citizens blog would use its powers for good instead of evil. Think about it. If this blog would lobby for snow, sleet and rain, at least then we'd be guaranteed sunny and 75.

E. T. Gillen said...

So now Ray Linsenmayer is evil? That is good to know, 7:47 AM. Since Ray will still be on the ballot, I'll make sure to use my powers for evil and vote for Ray.
Elaine

Anonymous said...

4:19, why is any vote the right or wrong vote? A vote is a vote. There is no right or wrong to it. So you may disagree with the results of the election, but the act of voting in it itself is not right or wrong. Voting is one of our rights as a citizen and we should all be applauded for taking the time to go out and make our own choice. Especially in an age where the majority of people choose not to vote at all. I find it disheartening that people are being attacked for voting. Sad.