To Supporters of the Ketner for Senate Petition Initiative
I am deeply grateful to the hundreds of you who worked toward petitioning me as an Independent Candidate for U.S. Senate and to the thousands who have already signed the petition! When asked to consider such a candidacy, I agreed to think about it because I understand and respect the frustration and disappointment of the Senate primary, and of the general sad-state of government. I share it. We deserve better.
A key reason we were able to run a competitive 2008 campaign for Congress in the First District was you, our caring and engaged supporters. You gave your time, talents and resources freely and enthusiastically as you are doing now in the petition drive.
Also essential to our 48% showing was that we had the time, team and money to run that race very well. During the weeks since the Petition Initiative was presented to me, I have exhaustively considered all the ways that we might mount a similarly strong campaign in the short 3 1/2 months left to us. Sadly, I have concluded that at this late date, it's just not possible to assemble the team and resources we need to mount the effective campaign we all want.
Bottom line: yes, we deserve - and desperately need - better government, but a last minute campaign without essential resources won't get us that outcome.
And so, with great appreciation and humility, I thank those who participated in this initiative, and announce I will not accept a petition candidacy. I have asked that the drive be stopped.
I know this is disheartening to those who worked so hard, but I hope you'll appreciate that you did something important.
At a time when people talk endlessly and seldom take action to right a political system that no longer operates in the best interest of the American people, you took action.
Our country needs you, our state needs you, to keep working for a more agile, more focused government led by elected representatives who are motivated to put Americans first, smart enough to find solutions, and who are not courtesans to special interests.
This election, I hope that you will find candidates for whom you have respect and help send them to Columbia or Washington. I, with you, will continue to work on behalf of a responsive and responsible government; and will hope for future opportunities to serve our state.
With gratitude and respect,