A Message from Charlie
November 10th, 2009
It was one year ago that a record number of Americans stood together to take our community, and our country in a new direction.
There is no denying the important strides we've made. But it is also clear that very significant challenges remain, both at home and abroad. Everyone can and must play a role to help get our country back on track.
In that same spirit, I have accepted an appointment from the Obama Administration and will soon begin a new job at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in Washington D.C.
This position will require Jan and I to relocate, but we will be keeping our home in Roseville and expect to be back to the 4th District frequently. Our website will be shutting down, but we hope you will continue to stay in touch with us by e-mail, at email@example.com .
Jan and I will never forget your tireless support, your kind words of encouragement, and your generosity of time, resources and spirit these past four years. And while we can never say thank you enough...THANK YOU!
Together, we have begun to transform the district we are all proud to call home. But we have only just begun. I hope all of you will continue to stay involved, be a voice for sound decision making and doing what's right for our community and our country.
I have frequently been asked who I will be supporting in next year's elections. While I encourage everyone to attend events and listen to candidates speak on the issues so you can make your own informed decisions, these are the candidates I have endorsed at this time:
- John Garamendi in California's 10th CD. John will fight for health care reform, energy independence, for our national defense, for our troops and their families, and he will be a true defender of our Constitution and American values
- Dave Jones for California Insurance Commissioner. Dave is a strong consumer advocate and will fight to make sure that insurers do not take advantage of consumers. He understands that when people pay for insurance, they expect their insurance to be there when they need it. He will use the full authority of the office to make sure that health insurers do not engage in "medical recession" - the practice of finding reasons to rescind health insurance just when people are sick or injured and need it most.
- Kamala Harris for California Attorney General
- Francine Busby for California's 50th CD. Francine is a proven leader with the courage, determination and integrity to fight for her convictions and our shared values. I am honored to endorse a candidate who is a staunch supporter of healthcare reform, our veterans and our precious civil rights, equal rights and human rights."
Again, I thank you all for your support and encourage you to stay involved in your local communities, support the candidates of your choice, and be informed on the issues.
With Deep Gratitude,
Charlie Brown, Lt. Col., USAF, Ret.
December 3rd, 2008
Today, our campaign for the 4th District officially came to a close. In conceding an election decided by a razor thin 1800 vote margin, Charlie penned the following letter of thanks to our supporters, and the people of California's 4th District.
As you know, on November 4 th a record number of votes were cast nationwide and in the race to become the 4th District's next Representative in Congress...and the 4 th District race was way too close to call.
In the weeks since, our staff, volunteers, and legal team have worked overtime to ensure that every voice was heard in a fair, accurate, and transparent manner---from the canvassing of provisional and vote by mail ballots, to 1% machine recounts and 10% hand recounts by 9 different County Registrars district-wide.
Thanks to the extraordinary work of our local elections officials, I am pleased to report that the high standards of fairness, accuracy, and transparency have been met. And with the counts and recounts across district four complete, and more than 370,000 votes tallied, the outcome of this election is no longer in question. Unfortunately, we've come up less than one half of one percent---just under 1,800 votes---short of victory.
So a short time ago, I called Senator Tom McClintock to congratulate him on a hard fought victory, and to wish him well in Congress.
To you, I can only offer my deepest gratitude-for your generosity of time and resources, and your unwavering energy and encouragement. Together, we have transformed the 4 th District, and lifted this campaign higher and farther than anyone thought possible.
I am proud of the campaign we ran...
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