Senator McConnell, as a long time supporter and on behalf of millions of people in Kentucky and around the country, we offer you congratulations on your victory and your likely appointment as majority leader of the U.S. Senate. As you have aptly pointed out, this position will place you in unique position to make a difference for Kentuckians and for Americans during the upcoming six years.
This IS a time to redress issues which many Americans including Democrats and Republicans feel strongly about: including such things as health care, the drifting of foreign policy in the middle east, coal and environmental issues and so many other things you have spoken about in your campaign. It is certainly your prerogative and reasonable goal to carry forward an agenda that you were elected to do.
It is, however, the nature and beauty of the democratic process that there are differences of opinions, sometimes very vigorous ones on issues of public concern. You know those differences of opinions well as minority leader in the Senate.
While it is a time to promote a POSITIVE agenda, and Republicans must do that or the victory may be short lived, it is perhaps more important than anything else that your party and you as the leader of the Senate govern with BENEVOLENCE. It is NOT a time to punish the opposition or play Machiavelli.
Above all it is time for HUMILITY.
We appeal to you Mitch, to consider that you will soon approach the twilight of your career. There is, however, time to make this your finest hour. The naysayers and political hacks will do and say what they will but this is a time when America needs statesmanship. In the months to come, our Senator Mitch McConnell has the opportunity to leave a lasting legacy in the spirit of Henry Clay; but that depends on our senior Kentucky Senator assuming the role of statesman by putting America's interests ahead of manipulations and squabbles that have been enduring in our politics for too long on both sides of the aisle.
We urge you in your dealings with both parties in the Senate to lead as a statesman. In the current climate where there exists a total vacuum in such leadership, Republicans and Democrats will follow you because America demands it.