A Small Tribute to Senator John McCain

#VOTE! It’s primary day in Florida. So if you’ve not already done, please take the time to get out and vote…because your voice matters!

Sadly, it is also just a few days since the passing of United States Senator John McCain. A man recognized and admired by so many on both sides of the political aisle for his courage and bravery under the most extreme circumstances. But perhaps admired even more for his deep love of this country.

As a very small tribute to a great man, I’d like to share a portion of his 2008 concession speech after losing the election to President Barack Obama. These words inspired me as I pursued my own political career to always “take the high road” by remembering who I served and why I chose to do so. But more importantly his grace and the class he demonstrated in defeat spoke volumes about the man he was.

“Sen. Obama and I have had and argued our differences, and he has prevailed. No doubt many of those differences remain. These are difficult times for our country, and I pledge to him tonight to do all in my power to help him lead us through the many challenges we face.

I urge all Americans who supported me to join me in not just congratulating him, but offering our next president our goodwill and earnest effort to find ways to come together, to find the necessary compromises, to bridge our differences and help restore our prosperity, defend our security in a dangerous world, and leave our children and grandchildren a stronger, better country than we inherited.

Whatever our differences, we are fellow Americans. And please believe me when I say no association has ever meant more to me than that.”  – Senator John McCain, November 5, 2008 (National Public Radio, Inc.)

So as the results of today’s election become known, maybe we can all reflect on these words. Let’s put aside our political differences by congratulating the victors, thanking every candidate for choosing to run, and remembering how lucky we are to live in this great state and country.

Rest in Peace Senator McCain…no one deserves to do so more than you.

Your Partner in Advocacy…Kathy