Making sense of election losses
As I struggle to make sense of what the election means for the country and, especially, for Florida, I am left with several thoughts and feelings. Those of us who fought to bring about a blue wave fought hard and long but were unable to prevail against some very entrenched groups — this time. We did manage to get Amendment 4 passed and that will permanently change the face of Florida voters in a positive way.
There are several groups that I want to address here. First, for those who were elected, you won by some very close margins. You work for everyone in Florida and need to keep that in mind. We will continue working to make sure that everyone has access to health care and that our environment is protected for generations to come. Second, to the young people who voted for the first time: Do not give up. Those of us who are older have been through elections before where our candidate did not prevail even though we thought they would. As Andrew Gillum so eloquently said, we are not going away. And neither should you. Find ways to stay involved and active as we fix our sights on 2020. And finally, to the 1.4 million Floridians who have not had a voice because of mistakes that you have paid for in full — get ready to register to vote and together we can make Florida a place that works for everyone.
Jenni Casale, Palmetto