You have been my friend for a long time now.
You are one of those people in my life that I can truly and honestly say that I am proud to know.
After Chuck's debacle at the end of last year, you stepped up to the plate to fight for what all of the Assistant District Attorneys who needed something to believe in.
You aren't a politician, and you never were. You are too honest and true to yourself to be a politician. You offered yourself up for to so much scrutiny to protect what the Harris County District Attorney's Office has always stood for (no matter what the critics said). You let people like Pat Lykos and Terry Lowry and Jim Leitner attack your professional and personal life.
And you did it all for us.
You sacrificed yourself to make one last valiant stand to see that justice was done.
And we went out in a Blaze of Glory, didn't we?
I'm so proud of you, Kelly.
I'm proud of the fact that the most talented lawyer in the United States stayed in a government job to do what was right on behalf of so many people.
I'm proud of the advocacy you have done on the most downtrodden of all people.
I'm proud of the fact that when this Office, in an absolute state of despondency after Chuck destroyed it, turned to you.
And you answered them with your willingness to serve.
There are friends that you call "friends" and there are friends that you call "family".
You are family to me and my family. You, Sam, and the girls. You always will be.
I'm so proud of you that I can't see straight.
You are the greatest lawyer that I have ever known, and in time, Harris County will realize everything that they lost tonight.
Thank you for every last thing that you have done for the past 22 years, and especially for the last four months.
You remain, always, my hero.