This just in. With a full scale investigation of voting fraud hip deep in mid-century modern furniture, we gratefully post this gracious concession by Ben:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 10, 2004
To all clutter and design-concerned ApartmentTherapy.com habitués, my supporters and all voters in the Messiest Closet Competition,
Regretfully, I tender this concession to my opponents, Amanda and Ross. You guys do have a really messed up closet. My best wishes for your future organizational and aesthetic domestic lives...
It has been a spirited and bruising campaign, physically and emotionally, and I regret nothing, except that I will not have the opportunity to have my closet professionally reappointed and reconfigured by Astech Closets, with Special Design & Clutter Consulting by Apartment Therapy. I thank the wonderful staff at Apartmenttherapy.com for their sponsorship of this event, and thank all of my supporters, my campaign staff and my Campaign Director, Heywood Ubuzzoff (on leave from NPR's Car Talk).
Even though I and my staff have, almost from the beginning of this campaign, been accused of spamming, exaggeration, misrepresentation of fact, doping, cat-endangerment, vote-rigging, having links to organized terrorism, poor housekeeping skills, bad wardrobe editing instincts and of being whiny - say, all of these accusations and comments are not hurtful to me. Some comments were kindly and helpful (really!), some were baseless and mean-spirited ("Ben is a pig"). They are all part of the game of advancing and encouraging closet reorganization products and services. I'm grateful for the opportunity to participate in this great democratic contest and ask that we all move forward to a better-organized time in our nation.
Of 106th Street
Upper West Side
New York, NY