Senate race: Khazei says he will continue citizen activism
Exhausted after a 48-hour campaign blitz on the last days of his ambitious sprint for the U.S. Senate seat, Alan Khazei emphasized a new era of citizen action in the country during his concession speech at the Omni Parker Hotel in Boston.
Finishing second to last in the election, with 13 percent of the vote to Stephen Pagliuca’s 12 percent, Khazei called on his supporters to take part in shaping the country.
“It’s always been citizens combined with visionary political leadership that has changed this country,” he told several hundred supporters.
Recalling American history from farmer soldiers of the Revolutionary War to women’s suffrage to the civil rights movement, Khazei emphasized the country is led through citizen action.
“We rise to the occasion, we determine our own destiny, we forge the future. We can and must all be big citizens,” he said.
Khazei said he plans to return to “Be the Change” his citizen-activist group, and to continue to work on jobs, education, health care, the environment and ending the wars.
Standing onstage with his wife, Vanessa Kirsch, his young son and daughter and other supporters, Khazei congratulated Attorney General Martha Coakley and said the next step was to make sure she is elected to the U.S. Senate. “She will be a tremendous senator,” he said.
Thanking his wife with a kiss and a hug, Khazei joked: “She is so beautiful I almost pulled an Al Gore on you,” referring to the passionate kiss the former vice president planted on his wife during his 2000 run for the presidency.
The Patriot Ledger