Please try to restrain the schadenfreude as you read this (delusional) letter from King County Executive candidate Susan Hutchison to her supporters. In conceding her defeat, she stands by giving "the right message," running a "fair and honorable campaign," and, lastly, comparing her career to astronaut John Glenn, who went on to serve in the US Senate. Because being a local television news anchor is equally prestigious as being the first American to orbit earth. Hutchison's email is after the jump.

Dear Friends and Supporters,

As this amazing campaign draws to a close, I want to thank you for your tremendous support! Many of you gave of your time and resources by providing volunteer help and financial donations. I am so grateful to each and every one of you! Your encouragement and hope for a better future for our county were a daily inspiration to me.

We have been commended for running a fair and honorable campaign and we believe our message to reform county government was the right message. By continually articulating the important issues facing the county, we have already changed the dynamic of government. The new Executive is adopting our themes of reform, economic recovery, fiscal discipline and customer service. You can be proud that our focus on these issues for the last six months is driving a new accountability in county government!

My friend, John Glenn, astronaut and long-time US Senator, called me today to say he lost his first election—even with superior name recognition!—but decided to stay the path and eventually served 24 years in the Senate. He said we must have good people run for office in this country, and of course, we all agree.

Your support of my campaign gives me great hope that together we can make a difference for the future. Thank you for all you have done and will continue to do on behalf of the people of our region, our state and our country.

Yours for the future,

Susan Hutchison