Well, the votes are in and the ballots are counted. We have mostly bad news, but a little bit of good news, too.
Bad News: Unfortunately, our other Maine friend, Craig Hickman (Dem: Reidfield, Winthrop) lost his race, but created a positive people-centered campaign. You can read Craig gracious statement on the race on his Hickman in the House blog:
…I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your support, your well-wishes, and your votes. I couldn’t have made such an impression on the people of this district without your help.
We ran the best campaign this district has ever seen and we have done a big part to change the conversation…
Dave Lenkowski (Rep Chicago) went down in a good and honorable fight. Sneaky Sara, apparently scared of even having an opponent, much less an honest one, pulled out some dirty tricks. I hope to write about this later this month, but am working on getting more documentation right now. If I can’t access it, I’ll write about what I have.
It was a sad election day in Illinois where Sneaky Sara beat Dave Lenkowski and Nasty Naomi beat Norm Davis. BUT we have two years to endure.
I have no idea if we can get either winning candidate to change their views and restore a civil right to ALL IL adoptees. Short of tar and feathering them until they do the right thing, we need to think of what we might be able to do. How much power does Malicious Melisha hold over them? I have no idea but there is something rotten with adoption reform when it goes backward instead of forward. Of couse we do have some among the adoption community who believe in baby steps and that it is okay to leave some behind as long as some get their OBC.
We will never all agree but it is a shame to not treat all adopted adults equally.