Bean Accepts Defeat

By Lauren Jiggetts
|  Wednesday, Nov 17, 2010  |  Updated 1:40 PM CDT
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Melissa Bean concedes the race for 8th Dist. representative and congratulates Joe Walsh

In a somewhat terse Wednesday press conference outgoing 8th district Congresswoman Melissa Bean, standing with supporters, her two daughters and husband, defended her record and her campaign. 

She chalked up her stunning loss to Tea Party favorite Joe Walsh to anti-incumbent sentiment that swept the nation.

"Last night we finally heard what voters of the 8th district had to say," Bean said before pledging to assist Walsh during his transition. "Though we wished the outcome had been slightly different, whether it had been one vote, 1000 votes or in this case 290 votes, we have to respect the outcome."

Despite her loss, Bean said she has no regrets about health care vote, nor her support of President Obama's economic policies. 

"We turned a downward economic cycle into an upward trajectory," she said. "The journey over the last 6 years has been about America's children"

She officially conceded Tuesday night, after the final vote count arrived.

"Though we came up a bit short, you have a lot to be proud of," she said to her supporters. "We sailed against the wind and came up just short."

In the wake of her loss, Bean's name was floated as a potential candidate for the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. But Bean claimed she has no idea where those rumors originated.

"I don't think I would be appointed there," Bean said.
 

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