Cal Cunningham has been gaining a lot of press and grassroots support in hopes that he will decide to pursue the Democratic nomination for North Carolina's 2010 U.S. Senate seat. His admirers on Facebook and Twitter are constantly growing and Cal has certainly been listening to these passionate voices.
Cal released a personal statement to his supporters moments ago. It is attached below for the BlueNC community to hear. Thank you.
I have been very humbled by your encouragement to return to public service – and I’m taking it seriously. The issues facing our State and country are vital; the magnitude of the pending endeavor is great. And I was raised to believe that we have an obligation to step up to serve when times are tough.
Over the last few weeks, I have met with many people – from folks going about their daily lives, to interested individuals and party groups, the best state and national consultants, current and former office holders and many close friends. I’ve heard stories about how families are hurting and about their hopes for the future – and taken them to heart. And I've made many new friends along the way. My family, too, is working to make sure we are prepared for this commitment. These conversations are on-going.
It is my goal to see if we can put together an issue-based, professional, independent and progressive campaign that would make you proud. Before I ask for your support, I need to make sure I can look you in the eye, show you a path for victory and tell you where I stand on the issues that really matter in the lives of our citizens.
I am committed to making a timely decision, so that the field can develop and you can begin to make judgments about who will best serve North Carolina in the United States Senate. Know that we’re working towards this goal and that I’m very grateful for your continued encouragement, guidance and patience. It is my firm belief that our best days are ahead.