Since the Democratic Convention two days ago, I have taken time to reevaluate my campaign. To the thousands of supporters who have worked for the last two years and those who have flooded the campaign with offers to carry petitions, I cannot thank you enough.
I am so honored and privileged to have run in this race and been afforded the opportunity to discuss my issues for the Attorney General's office: fighting gun violence, protecting our children from sexual predators, safeguarding a woman's right to choose, and restoring trust in our state government.
I ran because I believed - and still believe - that I am the best qualified candidate to build on Eliot Spitzer's record. As a uniquely qualified candidate with a strong sense of duty, I have seen first hand that we urgently need serious campaign finance and ballot access reform. As mentioned in today's New York Times, if a candidate wants to gain a position on the ballot without the party's blessing, you must go through one of the most "onerous" petition processes in the country. To be serious about government reform we need to remove the barriers that divide qualified candidates from the voters.
I still believe that New Yorkers need a prosecutor who has professional qualifications and can bring passion and expertise to the highest offices of our state's government.
That is why I'm going to spend the rest of the year working to elect Eliot Spitzer as our next governor: his record is unrivaled. While I could spend the next three months fighting a difficult and possibly divisive primary for his office, I would rather support Eliot and a unified party. I believed that in addition to qualifications, my candidacy brought the kind of diversity that is important for the Democratic party. The party has made a different choice, and it is a choice I will respect.
I would like to thank the thousands of supporters who believed in me throughout this two year campaign. You have been inspiring- I am so grateful to have met so many wonderful people across the state. I also would like to thank my family for their unwavering support, and especially my campaign manager, Jack O'Donnell, who ran a campaign we can all be proud of.
Now we all must all get on to the business of electing a Democratic ticket in 2006. With Senator David Patterson, a Democrat for Attorney General, and Comptroller Alan Hevesi, Eliot will be at the top of a strong ticket I will be proud to fight for.
I hope you will join me.