Florida election officials have certified George W. Bush as the winner of the State's 25 electoral votes.
The numerous counting and recounting of votes confirms this certification. At no time during the recounts has Vice President Al Gore ever held a lead over the Texas governor.
Still, Gore continues to call for recounts in three primarily Democratic counties. But the nation's president is selected by more than the 3,000 counties across the United States not just three. Election officials in these counties throughout all 50 states experience challenges similar to those faced in Florida. Ultimately, each county decides which votes qualify and they move on. It's time we did the same.
Gore needs to concede and show some dignity in the process. Even democrats who voted for him are starting to be disgusted by his constant whining. His image is eroding with each public appearance. He is beginning to look like a school boy who refuses to accept the referee's call.
In this case, the referees include Florida's secretary of state, Katherine Harris, and responsible elections officials throughout the state. They have done their collective jobs and made the hard call during this important championship playoff.
What's more, unlike a televised sporting event, this is not an unrealistic or unbelievable call by the elections referees. Florida is a traditionally Democratic state and Gore must be aware that even a close race in Florida is a loss. The judgment of the elections referees reasonably fits the play and should be respected by all.
Instead, Gore filed a lawsuit Monday asking a circuit judge to declare him the winner in Florida and to award him the state's 25 electoral votes. This is political suicide. He is throwing away any hope of maintaining a sense of respect in the eyes of the public. We can only wonder how Gore would react to calls for recounts had the tables been turned.
We will never know. But like a state championship football game, there comes a time to stop looking back and move forward. It's time to get on with the business at hand and begin the transition to prepare for our new president of the United States, George W. Bush whether we agree with the call or not.
Richard Haddad, Publisher