The Pueblo West View

Giron: ‘Not one iota of regret’

Gun votes cost senator

State Sen. Angela Giron hugged dejected supporters, some shedding tears late Tuesday, as the Pueblo Democrat entered the Pueblo Union Depot for her concession speech.

“I’m a little perplexed, but here is what I know: I know that I have not one iota of regret from what I voted on,” Giron said to thunderous applause.

“And I know that we did not leave one stone unturned. All of you were here and the work you put in and all the work that I felt that I put in, we couldn’t have done any more.”

Giron did not mention her opponent, Republican George Rivera.

Giron said all of her supporters did their part.

“We all should be proud of the work that we did and it appears that we have a lot more work to do,” Giron said.

She said the election will only make her and her supporters stronger and better.

“I love this community. I love you. We know that there’s some work to do.”

“I’ve never been any prouder to be with a group of people than the people that are in this room, that you stayed here to the end,” she said.

The crowd stayed strong until about 9:45 p.m. The senator came in to the depot about 10:15 p.m. She talked briefly as election numbers swung toward her recall.

After she left, more people headed for the doors, still unsure of the final results.

Supporters danced, cheered and danced some more early on.

During her concession speech, Giron said although she is a crier, she wasn’t going to cry.

“This is just going to make us stronger. I ran into a few people that were shedding some tears and I said, ‘No,’ ” Giron said.

“We cannot shed tears about this. What we have to do is turn that into strength and commitment to this community, to this state, to this country.

“And the people that can do that are in this room.”

Giron said, “We will win in the end, because we are on the right side and we care. We are compassionate and we love people and so that always wins out.”

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