Losing fluffin’ sucks. There is no polite or politically correct way to say it. It’s just plain misery. I could comb over “what could have been done differently” a hundred thousand times, but it wouldn’t change anything. It’s hard when you have so much invested and you want it SO BADLY for your candidate. Sometimes it just isn’t in the cards.
But I am not embarrassed or humiliated by any means, and neither is our campaign. Over the course of 8 months, we walked 25,000 homes in canvassing efforts, made over 25,000 personal phone calls and attended over 200 events. Cindi and I alone spent ~272 hours walking neighborhoods in Cobb County. Our strategy was clear: to reach voters personally. It was a true grassroots efforts that is second only to TrafficTruth (because hey, that is a fabulous victory that I’m looking forward to gloating about).
As for Cindi, I am not worried about her. Coming from the bottom of the bottom, having no endorsements (with exception to GRTL) to accelerate her campaign or allow her to do less work, the legal community against her who constantly mocked her, as well as the press, no television commercial, and no establishment-funded war chest to dilly dally around with, a loss by 3,500 votes is by no means a landslide or a slam dunk. As a private practice attorney, Cindi attended every event we put on the calendar, maintained her law practice and dealt with the roller coaster of the campaign while juggling her family. She also financed nearly the entire campaign herself. And don’t forget she forced Vic to spend all his money and beg for funds in the final weeks. She handled and accomplished more in 8 months than most people do in a lifetime with the support of her family and friend and her own determination. And no one was told “no” more than her, but that never slowed her down. With the exception of my own mother, she is the most amazing woman I know and I have the utmost respect for her.
Cindi Yeager earned the position but Vic Reynolds was awarded the position. They are two very different things. However, Cobb County spoke and we must respect that. But I learned you can work hard for something or you can go through the motions while other people put forward efforts. So, please excuse me if I’m not ready to congratulate Mr Reynolds on his efforts…..Maybe I’ll feel like it tomorrow. I will congratulate him on his success…Congrats, Vic.
A few things for sure: I am better employee because of 2G Strategies, I am a better manager because of Cindi Yeager, I am a better person because of all of our accomplishments and I am a better sleeper because I am damn tired.