I am sorry about the recent controversy over some things I said about my opponent. I have tried to take the high road, focusing my campaign and uplifting others. It was a mistake to deviate from that path. My intention was to answer a question about viability, and I now understand that my comments may have been misinterpreted and were hurtful.
I believe that the rich diversity we have in California is our strength – in all ways. I have long been an ally and advocate for LBGTQ rights, communities of color and women’s equality in our society. I pledge to continue to listen and learn because I am committed to doing the hard work it is going to take to make our world more equitable and to represent all voices in our community.
I know that the issues we face are important, and we will only conquer them together. I will fight for good jobs, clean air and excellent public education for every kid. I will stand up for equal pay for equal work, access to reproductive healthcare and paid parental leave.
I greatly appreciate the brave critics who have called to talk to me about their concerns, as well as the support I’ve received from friends, neighbors, labor, progressive organizations and most of all the voters. Together we will move forward and flip this seat blue.
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