Cleveland, OH - Mike Gibbons issued the following statement tonight following his first run for office.
"Tonight, Ohio has spoken. And it didn’t turn out our way. But we came from nowhere. I started as an unknown. Just some business guy from Cleveland. And I’m proud of the campaign we ran – a grassroots campaign. I’m proud of the team we put together. I’m honored by the support I’ve received. Thank you, Ohio."
His full remarks as prepared are below.
First, I need to thank my wife Diane. Over the past ten months we traveled the state together, just the two of us in the car.
All 88 counties. More than 250 events. 95,000 miles on the car.
We saw Ohio through all four seasons.
We met Ohio.
We listened to Ohio.
Tonight, Ohio has spoken. And it didn’t turn out our way.
But we came from nowhere. I started as an unknown. Just some business guy from Cleveland.
And I’m proud of the campaign we ran – a grassroots campaign.
I’m proud of the team we put together.
I’m honored by the support I’ve received.
Thank you, Ohio.
Our message resonated with the voters. And our message is important.
Our system is broken, and it can’t be fixed from within. Career politicians are the problem.
The only way to fix it is to send new voices to Washington, citizen legislators who answer to the people. Who come from the private sector. Who only seek to serve their country, make a difference, and then come home.
But that’s not enough. Good people go to Washington with the best intentions. But then they dip their toe in the water of the Washington swamp. They like it. They get comfortable. They start thinking more about their next election than doing the job they were sent to do.
If we’re going to drain the swamp, we need term limits. And earmark reform. And an end to the endless cycle of career politicians going to Washington, staying there for decades, and getting rich.
Wherever Diane and I went over the past ten months, I always earned applause with one simple line.
“I am not a politician.”
Washington: Listen up.
I was born in Cleveland. We lived in the top of a double-decker. When we made it big, my family moved to a tiny house in the working class suburb of Parma.
My father was a high school teacher and a wrestling coach. His summer job was waterproofing houses.
My grandfather was the president of the local laborers union.
Over the course of this campaign, I talked about my family a lot. My father, my grandfather. My wife and my kids.
I hope I’ve made them proud.
I don’t know what the next step is, but I know that the Democrats believe that the way to fix our problems is to bring Washington to Ohio.
I believe that the best of America is right here in Ohio, and we need to bring more Ohio to Washington.
You see, at their core, Democrats believe that career politicians solve problems. That if people are hurting, or communities are in crisis, the answer is more government.
I believe that the way to solve problems is to come together in our families, in our churches, as communities… roll up our sleeves, and get to work.
We’re Ohio. We know how to work.
A few months ago Diane and I were in Lawrence County. Ironton. Coal country. I met with some folks. I listened to them. And I promised that my first trip as a Senator would be back to Ironton.
Well, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen. But I will be back to Ironton.
I love the people of Ohio. I love this great state. I love this country.
Only in America can a guy from Parma find such success and be so blessed.
Thank you. I’m sure in the next few days, Diane and I will be back in the car, driving across Ohio, meeting new people.
And talking about the future.