August 15, 2012
Dear Friends and Fellow Citizens:
I extend my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all of my friends and supporters – we fought the good fight and can be proud of our accomplishments.
Through many years and several elections you have stood at my side sharing the common commitment to a smaller government. On behalf of our nation, you spread the good word, volunteered your time, and waved signs. You spoke out for me and supported my family as well. I can’t thank you enough.
It’s been an honor to serve you and I look forward to continuing to advance the conservative agenda. I wish you all the best.
STATEMENT OF REP. CLIFF STEARNS ON THE PRIMARY ELECTION
AUGUST 15, 2012 – “Based upon the results from last night, it would appear that there are not enough provisional ballots to make up the difference for me to win this primary election. Therefore, I am conceding the election to Ted Yoho and I talked with him wishing him the best in his effort to represent the wonderful people of north central Florida. I have had an excellent and rewarding experience working in Congress for my fellow Floridians.”
“I am disappointed that I won’t be able to continue my investigations of the Obama administration such as the risky loan guarantee to Solyndra and holding Planned Parenthood accountable to the taxpayers. There is so much left to do in conducting oversight over the White House and the President’s growing expansion of government into our lives.”
“I stand proud of my 24-year record of conservative leadership and of defending our traditional values in Congress. It has been an honor, privilege, and the high calling of my life to serve the many outstanding citizens of Florida in our nation’s capital. I will leave the House of Representatives with a joyful heart and the satisfaction that I did all I could to advance the conservative cause. It is time for me to return to my family and explore new directions. While looking to the future, I also thank all the wonderful people who have supported me and my work over these many years.”