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Norm Dicks and Adam Smith lament losing the U.S. House, thank supporters for their reelections

Post by Peter Callaghan / The News Tribune on Nov. 2, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
November 2, 2010 10:23 pm

From Lorna Rodriguez at the Murano

The only time there’s a break from the political discussions is when U.S. Rep. Adam Smith made a short speech thanking Pierce County Democrats for their support.

“The best thing about this job is the people you get to meet and work with,” Smith said. He admitted it is a tough night for Democrats, but said he will confront the issues.

“That’s the best we can do,” Smith said.

Pierce County Democrats remain upbeat despite the unspoken fact that the political tide is changing.

“This is great,” Democrat Susan Hertzog said. “It’s just too bad the Republicans are winning.”

Smith is also grateful.

“I was happy obviously,” Smith said in an interview upon learning he was reelected. “It was a tough night. It’s very satisfying.”

Hertzog, who has been campaigning for Smith, is excited he won.

“I love Adam Smith,” Hertzog said. “He’s so good. He’s a very good family man, his kids and wife comes first before anything else.”

“I think he does a good job,” Karen Nolan said. “He always comes back and has town meetings. He’s responsive to the community.”

“We did what we had to do,” Norm Dicks said shortly after Congressman Adam Smith’s victory speech.

He said it’s disappointing to lose the House back to the Republicans, but admitted “we need to do a better job explaining what it is we’re trying to do.”

Dicks concluded by thanking everyone for their support and work on the campaign.

“I wish we could have done better, but we’ll keep working and get something accomplished,” Dicks said.

Pierce County Democrats converse as they wait for election results at Hotel Murano. Overall, the night was a success. Democrats enjoyed the food, drink and good company.

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