08/13/2008 01:16 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Jared Polis Wins Historic Victory in CO-02

The Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News have both now called CO-02's Democratic Primary for Jared Polis. Both of his rivals have called him to concede.

This is historic. Jared is the first openly gay man elected to an open seat in Congress (pending the General Election in a heavily Dem District). Guess what. His sexuality was not even an issue in the race. Instead, he ran on a platform of ending the war in Iraq (he fully backs the Responsible Plan), supporting a progressive environmental agenda, and ending subsidies to Big Oil. Let's hope that the rest of the country can follow suit.

On a personal note, I would like to say that Jared worked hard for this victory. Very hard. He faced difficult odds and challenging personal dynamics to pull out a decisive victory in this race. The way he has conducted himself is admirable. I would also like to note that he is an inspiration to me. I will wake up tomorrow with a feeling that America has become just a little more equal. It'll give me a little more 'oomph' to continue the work that I do on a daily basis to make our world a better place.

Congratulations, Jared. And thanks.