To all 7th district Dave Brat supporters,
I want to thank you for giving me the great honor of allowing me to serve as your representative.
When I was elected to Congress, I followed in the tradition of the many people who have fought for limited government, free markets, and Judeo-Christian ethics.They sowed the seed for my election. What motivated me to run in the first place were battles much bigger than one election cycle. The campaigns we have since fought together were just contemporary manifestations of an effort, now centuries old, to fuse individual liberty, market economics, the firm foundation of Judeo-Christian ethics, and the rule of law into a government of the people, protecting life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all.
Moving forward, each of us can play a role in protecting these shared values. Take a needed rest – but don’t take too long! You still have a role to keep the big-picture conversation going. The work in total is far too difficult for a small group of people, a campaign staff of tens or even hundreds of volunteers. This battle over holding onto our founding principles and those who seek their destruction is one that we will never cease fighting because it has manifested itself in various forms since the beginning of time. In fact, the best teaching on good and evil and human nature can be found in the Old Testament of the Bible, scripture that is shared by many traditions. In Federalist No. 51, James Madison wrote: “if men were angels, no government would be necessary.” It is this kind of reflection on human nature that was enshrined in our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution.
So, if we want the next generation to take up the quest, to understand the genius of our founding documents, it will require the effort of every freedom-loving patriot. Ensuring that our liberty and freedom are preserved for the next generation should not stop and start in the spotlight of an election. We all have God-given strengths and talents to use towards that goal.
Many people have asked what my step will be. To that question, I really don’t know. But I know with certainty that I will continue to focus on finding positive solutions to the issues we face today based on our long-held values. And, despite the toxicity of the campaign we all just endured, I still fervently believe that love is part of the solution to our political problems.
It is my hope that your new representative will dedicate herself to preserving the freedom principles we have all worked so hard to defend. The principles of freedom are not partisan; they are our shared DNA.
We may not have won this election, but I stayed true to my principles and did what I told the voters I would do. I am proud of what we did to get this economy moving again. What we’ve been able to do together is truly an achievement for which we all can stand tall.
Since my first step into the political arena, thousands of volunteers and donors have worked tirelessly and gave sacrificially to support our campaign, and the principles of the Virginia Republican creed and the conservative values of our founders. I could write literally hundreds of names to thank: to the person who put a sign on their lawn, who shared Facebook posts, donated money, knocked on doors, introduced me to their neighbors, made phone calls, wrote postcards, offered advice or prayer over our family – you know who you are and how you contributed. Laura, Jonathan, Sophia and I cannot thank you enough for all your hard work, your prayers and your friendship.
Stay in touch! God bless you.
P.S: Please listen and share my final thank you and goodbye to the 7th District from my appearance on the Jeff Katz Show. You can share this link: https://newsradiowrva.radio.com/media/audio-channel/dave-brat-says-goodbye-district