Cock­burn’s ‘key’ role in blue wave

Rappahannock News - - COMMENT - MIKE MILLAN Wash­ing­ton

Many thanks to Leslie Cock­burn for ex­pend­ing the en­ergy and mak­ing the per­sonal sac­ri­fice in run­ning for Con­gress. Democrats got a lot out of it. It en­livened the lo­cal party, it gave di­rec­tion and pur­pose. She energized us. It would have been a great fin­ish if she had won, but the legacy she has given will live on in spirit and in the phys­i­cal or­ga­ni­za­tion she in­spired us to build. Democrats shouldn’t be dis­cour­aged be­cause we have seen the ef­fect we can have. We are newly de­fined.

Leslie’s ef­fect was not lim­ited to Rap­pa­han­nock or even the 5th. The Leslie ef­fect con­trib­uted to the suc­cess of other Democrats. Leslie was a key part of the wave. While I am dis­ap­pointed in the 5th’s re­sults, I am very happy with the takeover of the House. I breathe a sigh of re­lief when I see that checks and bal­ances are go­ing to be re­stored, checks on the im­pul­sive and ill con­sid­ered ac­tions of the petu­lant man/child in chief.

Go­ing for­ward we must be a force to hold the new con­gress­man to his cam­paign promises, not the least of which are back­ing of pre-ex­ist­ing con­di­tions and fam­ily plan­ning op­tions.

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