Friday, July 04, 2008

Why We Need Darcy Burner in Congress

You can tell a lot about people by observing how they handle themselves during difficult times. Well, the grace that Darcy Burner exhibited under pressure this week is indicative of why we NEED her in Congress. Burner is a candidate for Washington State’s 8th Congressional District.

Thank You for Your Concern

As many of you may be aware, early this morning my home was destroyed by a fire. It appears to have been caused by a faulty lamp in my son's room. Unfortunately, our home and all of the possessions in it are a total loss, but I am so grateful that my family and I escaped safely. We may have lost our home and our possessions, but for the most part they can be replaced, and I feel like a true tragedy was narrowly avoided today. Please rest assured that while we have been a bit shaken by what happened, Mike, Henry and I are all okay.

Particularly, I am grateful to the wonderful men and women of the Redmond and Kirkland Fire Departments, and the investigators from the King County Fire Investigation Unit. Their rapid response and incredible professionalism brought the fire under control and kept it from spreading to our neighbors' homes. And these brave first responders even miraculously rescued my son's puppy, who we initially thought had perished in the flames. Sadly, our cat, Charlotte, did not survive the fire.

I am also deeply grateful for the expressions of support from friends, supporters and others who have called to express their condolences and offer their generous and heartfelt assistance. I am so moved by all of the offers of a place to stay, or clothes to wear, or all of the other offers of help that have poured in throughout the day. While we are fine for now, your kind expressions of support and concern have helped to sustain me through what has been a long and difficult day.

For those who would like to do something to express their support, let me suggest making a contribution to your local humane society or animal shelter in memory of Charlotte, or to the Washington State Council of Firefighters Benevolent Fund.

Thank you all for being there for us in my family's time of need. It means so much to us.
I would like to encourage everyone reading this to do one more thing. Please visit Darcy's campaign web site and make a contribution.

For more background on why we need her in Congress take a moment and watch this:

As Darcy mentioned above "we have a bit to sort out today, and then we'll get back to trying to change the direction of the country."

Take the time you need, but please do come back ... we need you!

h/t to Fran at FranIAm.


FranIAm said...

This whole thing has given me the idea to highlight others of her ilk that we can support.

You are such a resource for this- how else would I know about Donna Edwards for instance...

Can you put forth names of others that we can support and promote on our blogs?

Thanks for the linkage, I named you because you are the ground zero of this kind of good politics for me!

BAC said...

The NOW conference is July 18-20, where I expect to have a chance to meet other candidates. I'll come back with a full report!


FranIAm said...

Great- I await your wisdom and your report!