Here’s something you don’t hear every day.
In the District 14 House GOP primary this year, Republican and retired Citibank executive Dave Zimbeck challenged incumbent House members Larry Zikmund and Tom Holmes for one of the two house seats in the District.
He came in third in the contest, 668 votes to Tom Holmes 858 and Larry Zikmund’s 1,046. Certainly nothing to be ashamed of, especially in the face of 2 incumbents. And that might be the end of the story, except for what’s happening at the moment.
The word is that in recent days donors to the campaign are opening letters from Zimbeck. He expresses a little melancholy about his performance in the race, wishing he could have done better, and noting to supporters that they should not have to bear the cost of his loss.
And as a consequence, he’s giving it all back. The money he’s received in donations.
I spoke with one person today who had given him a personal donation, as well as being involved with another political organization that gave him a check They were both refunded in full, with similar letters. It’s not every day you hear about something like that, where a politician doesn’t manage to win the election, but repays the people who invested in him.
Dave Zimbeck might have lost the election. But as you sit and think, you can’t help but wonder if he’s managed to find a way to win the war.