Wednesday, July 02, 2008


NPI Official Blog:
Last night, we launched a website where you can leave messages of support for Darcy Burner and her family following the tragic fire that destroyed their Ames Lake home. We'll be placing comments on a message board that we'll give to Darcy thanking her for all she's done and encouraging her to keep doing. also features a photo repository so you can upload any pictures you have of Darcy, Mike, and Henry to replace the memories that went up in smoke (images are not displayed publicly, but will be given to the family).

Earlier this evening, Darcy issued a statement letting supporters know more about her situation and her plans. Here's the full text of the update.

After the fire that destroyed our home yesterday, Mike, Henry and I spent last night together at the home of close family friends in Redmond. For all of those who have been asking, thank you again for your expressions of concern.

Considering the circumstances, we are holding up well. I am particularly relieved to see that my son Henry seems to be fine this morning.

He has been playing with Bruce Wayne, our golden retriever, who miraculously survived the fire inside the house. This whole ordeal has reminded me once again of the importance of what really matters in life: family and friends.

Last night Mike and I have begun the long process of restoring what we have lost. I bought a new pair of glasses, and we visited the Value Village in Redmond to buy some clothes.

Mike and I are working on replacing our driver’s licenses, credit cards and other critical items that were lost in the fire.

We intend to rebuild our Ames Lake home, which thankfully was insured. For the next few weeks we will stay with friends while we secure longer-term accommodations to cover the period our house is being rebuilt, a process that may take up to a year.

Regarding my campaign, it will continue. Anyone who knows me also knows that I do not give up easily, and am certainly not going to give up now.

I am going to cancel my schedule through the end of this week as I spend time with my family and we work to get our lives back in order.

It will take a few weeks at least to deal with all the issues, but I expect to return to a limited campaign schedule sometime next week. We’ll play it by ear from there. In the interim, my campaign staff will continue their work, so please feel free to contact them if you have any thoughts or questions.

I again want to thank the first responders who dealt with the fire yesterday. They did a remarkable job, and I remain grateful for all that they do. For all those that have called to ask if they can offer financial and other assistance to us, know that we are going to be fine. If you would like to do something to help, let me again suggest a contribution to either your local humane society or animal shelter in memory of our cat, Charlotte, who did not survive the fire, or to the Washington State Council of Firefighters Benevolent Fund.

To all those who are reaching out, I thank you again from the bottom of my heart.

Darcy is taking some time off from campaigning to rebuild her life, which means she won't be fundraising. This is where we come in.

Darcy has always been there for us, on all of the important fights that matter, FISA included. Now we can return the favor and keep her campaign going strong by collectively donating to her campaign.

That's what people powered politics is all about.
Howie P.S.: Markos didn't hesitate to take his credit card out of his wallet and get behind this 100%. I'm told the photo above moved him deeply.



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