It’s been almost a week since Governor Perry suspended his bid for the Republican nomination. In some ways, it feels longer.
Judging by the tweets I’ve seen, the announcement has hit a lot of people pretty hard – myself included. It’s easy to get angry when someone you’ve worked hard for gives up, frustrated that you can’t change the outcome, and disappointed you’re forced to settle for second best.
I want to share a text I got from my friend Dave shortly after the announcement:
Hey chica… Candidates come and go. Deeds unvictorious are not less valiant. Hang in there. :-)
Perry brought a new flavor of conservatism and contagious energy to the primary. He brought an outsider feel as well as governing experience, an unsurpassed record in both fiscal and social issues, and the perfect balance of pride in his accomplishments and an all-too-rare humility. He forced other candidates to take strong positions and stay on their toes.
Though Perry’s candidacy was unsuccessful, it inspired and mobilized the conservative movement like few have. Passionate Republicans and Tea Party supporters from Texas and all over the country came together seamlessly in support of a vision America desperately needs. Through Facebook and Twitter, phone calls and yard signs, we committed countless hours and gallons of elbow grease to supporting America’s jobs governor.
Ultimately, though I would’ve liked to see President Perry in the White House, I’m just as happy to have Governor Perry back in the Texas Capitol.
So, Governor Perry, if by some chance you ever read this, thank you. For giving it your best shot, for giving us someone to believe in, for showing America what could be.
Deeds unvictorious are not less valiant. We’re proud to have supported you and continue to stand with you as you return home to keep fighting the good fight in Texas.
Katie Thompson, Executive Director of Students for Rick Perry
With Justin Till, National Chairman
Victoria Bell, Virginia State Chair
Nathan Born, Pennsylvania State Chair
Jordan Cooper, South Carolina Chair
Dylan Gorski, Kentucky State Chair
Brandon Howell, Georgia State Chair
Brendan Madigan, North Carolina State Chair
Joe Mahoney, Alabama State Chair
Matt Rainey, Wisconsin State Chair
Joe Paru, Massachusetts State Chair
Geoffrey Tahuahua, Texas State Chair
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