Ann Marie Buerkle Concedes – Updated With Buerkle Statement

Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle conceded the election to Dan Maffei today. Maffei is another Democrat who won an election by running a miserable, despicable and dishonest campaign. Ann Marie Buerkle is not a RINO. She is a conservative who stood up for us in Washington, DC. Who knows, maybe she can do something to stop Speaker Boehner from caving on immigration, or whatever else he might cave on in the next month.

At a brief press conference, Buerkle thanked her staff and praised Green Party candidate Ursula Rozum. She called upon the public to hold their representatives accountable. She also called on the public to thank their veterans this Veterans Day.

Buerkle says that, even with the absentee ballots that have not been counted, it is not possible for her to overcome Maffei’s lead. She implied that Maffei won the election due to the overwhelming win of President Barack Obama in Onondaga County.

I wish I could move. But I can’t. So I will do the job the local media won’t do and hold Maffei accountable for the next two years.

After watching the way these democrats campaign it’s incredible that good people like Ann Marie Buerkle and other Republicans even run for office any more. I know the nasty tone of this campaign really took a toll on Buerkle, and it’s just shameful. But these Democrats have no shame. They only want power and will do whatever it takes, no matter how deplorable, to win.

On a more positive note, I am grateful to Rep. Buerkle for standing on principle and being accessible to her constituents. She’s a truly decent woman and I’m happy that she’ll now have more time to spend with her family. She’s not the type of person that needs to hold office to have a happy life. I wish her the very best.

Update: Here’s Buerkle’s press release. She’s a class act and I’m deeply saddened that she will no longer be my voice in Washington, DC.

This afternoon I made the following remarks in front of the Federal Building in Syracuse. As one of my valued supporters, I wanted to make sure you saw them.

Good Afternoon. Thank you for being here today.

I’ve spoken with Dan Maffei and have conceded the race for NY’s 24th Congressional District.

In considering the number of absentee and affidavit ballots, it does not appear that we can overcome the large gap created by President Obama’s overwhelming victory in Onondaga County.

This weekend we will be honoring our Veterans. It is important we not let this race overshadow the honor and gratitude our Veterans deserve for their service and sacrifice to this nation.

I want to commend Ursula Rozum for the fine campaign that she ran. She and I had many opportunities to discuss issues from very different perspectives. It is these discussions and this willingness to debate the issues that will lead to resolving the problems this country faces. I applaud her for running a positive campaign and for having the courage of her convictions.

I want to call your attention to the group of people behind me. They are my staff, some from Washington and some from here in the district office. My staff embedded themselves in this community, taking meetings on my behalf and solving thousands of constituent service issues. I want to acknowledge their service and sacrifice to this community.

They, like me, understand we work for the people of this community. I am so proud and so honored to stand with them today knowing what they did for the people in our district. I thank them for their dedication and all of their hard work. They truly made a difference in people’s lives.

To the community: being your Representative for the last two years has been one of the highest honors of my life. I thank you for the privilege of being your voice in Washington. I remain more convinced than ever that the greatness of this nation is because of people like you.

Thank you to all who participated in this election process. I believe if we are to come together as a nation, many voices need to be a part of the discussion. The solutions to the problems this great country faces will not come from the government but will come from you, the American people. I strongly encourage you to be vigilant and continue to hold your representatives accountable. Remember they work for you.

On the eve of this Veterans Day weekend let us honor the servicemen and women who provide our safety at great personal sacrifice and our Veterans. May God bless our military, our Veterans and may God bless the greatest nation in history, the United States of America.