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Norman Solomon Bows Out

It looks like Norman Solomon missed being in the general election by fewer than 200 votes.

From the Solomon campaign:

June 26, 2012

The ideals that have propelled this campaign will continue to energize people across our congressional district in the years ahead. To overcome a status quo of perpetual war, extreme Wall Street power, chronic inequities and environmental degradation, we will keep working for peace, social justice, a healthy planet — and genuine democracy.

I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has made our grassroots campaign possible. Staff members and many others have worked long hours with great dedication, skill and creativity. More than 7,000 different individuals have made donations. Hundreds of caring volunteers have been actively engaged. With enormous generosity — devoting their time, talents and a wide range of personal resources to our campaign — so many people have given a tremendous gift of idealistic engagement in the politics of participatory democracy. They have inspired me every day, and I will always be deeply grateful.

Although I will not be on the general-election ballot in this congressional race, I’m certain the political energies that galvanized and fueled our campaign will strengthen future movements for social change. This particular campaign has ended, but the imperative to create a better world continues. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “The moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Our challenge is to do all we can to hasten the process.

— Norman Solomon

  1. Julie Timmons
    June 26, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Sorry to see him go. He was a good candidate.

  2. Anonymous
    June 26, 2012 at 11:49 am

    I skipped the hyperbole of the political junk mail and phone calls and voted by what candidates said about themselves on SmartVoter.org. I was later surprised to learn Humboldt went heavy against Solomon. He seemed like the perfect Humboldt candidate.

  3. alley
    June 26, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    He was the perfect Humboldt candidate… I decided to not vote for him when he sent that sleazy slick mailer against Stacy Lawson. It was sickening and very low brow…

    I voted for Susan Adams. In retrospect I regret not voting for Norman.

  4. Anonymous
    June 26, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Sorry, I found all of the mailers from all of the candidates to be sleazy. I couldn’t rule any candidate out for slime alone.

  5. June 26, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Slime in – Slime out. Good job.

  6. Ponder z
    June 26, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    we are not a democracy. Just that statement alone deserves a NO vote.

  7. SNaFU
    June 26, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Ponder z says:
    June 26, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    ~If voting could really change things, it would be illegal~

  8. grackle
    June 26, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    I’m happy to see him gone, though I doubt he would have offered much competition to Huffman. I, too, was offended by the ad hominem attacks on Stacey Lawson. As Solomon had no track record in office I found his lack of judgment in that matter telling – if he would use any means to get into office, what would he do if he were in a position to make actual judgments on our behalf?

  9. grackle
    June 26, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    If the LCO is to be believed, your “less than 200 votes” is an error, or is your information better than theirs? I noted in quick notes on June 18th that if the late ballot count were proportional to the election day count, county by county, then Solomon would lose by 759 votes, pretty close to the reported 787 or 789 numbers.

  10. Mitch
    June 26, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    He closed the gap substantially as the final counts came in. The LCO, the Healdsburg Patch, the SF Chronicle blog, and the Marin Independent Journal all cite fewer than 200 votes separating Roberts and Solomon. But only 1,000 votes remain to be counted, and Solomon won’t make up a 200 vote distance out of the remaining votes.

  11. June 26, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Huffman, unfortunately, will demolish the Roberts guy in November. Solomon would have suffered the same fate. Huffman is the Dem’s ‘made guy’ and he will do what the party tells him to do and no more…Hamburg redux…does Humboldt County even exist for Huffman after his appointment?

  12. Eric Kirk
    June 26, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    The difference is that Norman would have given Huffman some good debates, and Huffman might have made a few promises to the left that he doesn’t have to make now.

  13. June 27, 2012 at 10:50 am

    …and “promises” are good for what? Pray tell.

  14. Jack Sherman
    June 27, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Too bad so many “pragmatic” liberals have swung so far to the right along with the democratic party. Norman Solomon was precisely the caliber of Congressman Obama needed to pass the agenda Obama promised…the agenda that liberals constantly whine that Obama abandoned.

  15. June 27, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Jack is 100% correct, totally agree with him.

    No such thing as liberals or progressives any longer. This country has moved so far to the right that someone who actually believes in something, who takes a stand and doesn’t compromise can’t get elected on the left. Huffman won this election when he got the endorsement of two ConservaDem/Blue Dogs, Thompson and Feinstein. Now he’ll go to Washington and do as his Corporate Donors and Democratic Party leaders tell him.

    We here north of Sonoma will have no representation in Washington. Good job sheep!

  16. HUUFC
    June 27, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Feinstein and Thompson conservatives? How long have they been in power, helping spend the United States into bankruptcy? Solomon was another liberal big, big spender.

  17. June 27, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    Proof that Solomon is/was a “big, big spender”????

    Thompson himself is a member of the Blue Dog Caucus.

  18. Jack Sherman
    June 28, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    I raised thousands for Feinstein at my business…we had a wonderful picture of all of us together.

    I immediately removed that picture the following year when she voted to provide public loan guarantees to Columbia for their military hardware purchases.

    The kind of big-spending welfare needed by an insatiable, unsustainable imperial economy….that the right-wing loves.

    All hail bi-partisanship…the celebrated “reaching across the aisle, compromise” we slit our throats with every 4 years.

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