Well hallelujah! Brady finally did it! The Republican candidate for governor packed his bags, took the midnight train to Bloomington, realizing dreams don’t always come true.
Brady stepped up to do what many have been waiting for–give up the fight and pronounce Quinn the winner of the Illinois gubernatorial race.
In a graceful move that ended a long, drawn-out campaign saga, Brady said he hoped to work with Quinn in order to improve the state. Ending the “wait on the ballot count” was good for voters; great for Illinois which has been steeped-in-deep with enough scandal to fill a Hollywood gossip column. It was one of the tightest, most contentious races in three decades. And everyone was watching.
“It’s a great state. We’ll make it even better,” Brady commented. “That’s what elections are about.”
Voters were in for a month-long wait had Brady decided to stand his ground to make sure every vote was counted. As the absentee ballots came in, Quinn’s less than 9000 vote lead he held on Election Night began to grow as the votes were tabulated Wednesday and Thursday. Thursday’s count showed Quinn with an augmented 19,000 vote advantage over Brady.
Quinn, in cavalier style, waited patiently for Brady to think things over, declining to make any victory speeches. He agreed all the votes should be counted.
Apparently Brady realized he could not capture enough votes to surpass the man who has been head of our state for the past two years, saying, “After days of counting ballots and looking at potential outcomes, we came to the conclusion that Gov. Quinn won this race.” Good sport!
To make everything official, nice and hunky-dory between the two candidates, Quinn has extended an invite to Brady, his formidable challenger, (who gave him a run for his money). They will meet for lunch back at Manny’s Deli at 1141 S. Jefferson, to partake in some conversation and post-campaign chit chat which will go a long way to end all that drama we saw in those TV ads.
Newly-elected Governor Quinn states,”I think this is something we should do all the time. We may have differences, strong differences on policy issues, but we are all Americans, we’re all Illinoisans, and we have to work together for the common good at all times.”
So what’s first on the big “To Do List?” (We all know there is a lot of work to be done). Jobs. People need a J-O-B! Quinn’s been talking about it. That’s what he will be addressing: cutting costs and putting people back to work. Yes!
“We have to get more jobs and better paying jobs,” Quinn said. Many out-of-work Illinoisans like the sound of that.
Election officials are still counting ballots, however the latest results show Quinn winning the gubernatorial seat with 1,721,812 votes, which translates to 47 percent of the vote. Brady”s final tally is 1,702,399 votes, or 46 percent. Only 19, 413 votes separate the two contenders. What a race!
On behalf of the citizens of Illinois, I would like to say thanks, Brady, for not making us wait. For keeping us out of the news with more TV election drama, and giving us a chance to move forward. There is so much work to be done, the task is daunting. Now we, the people of Illinois can focus on the future for our state, our communities, our families, and loved ones. Illinoisans, we have our new governor, let’s unite!
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