Rich Glorioso and his wife were among friends and supporters at O'Brien's Irish Pub and Family Restaurant in Brandon as the results of the 2012 General Election started filtering in.
With results streaming in, he conceded to them that it was not likely he would be the next Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections. Later in the night, Glorioso would learn that he lost his race to Democrat Craig Latimer, the current chief of staff to Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Earl Lennard, who did not seek re-election.
"Right now we're behind," Glorioso said before offering his concession speech. "I believe it would be very tough to pick up what we need to pick up."
As supporters fretted over the absentee and early voting results, finding evidence of what they believed to be faults with the system, Glorioso himself took time to think about his future after politics.
"I've had a great time serving the people of Plant City as a Hillsborough County commissioner," he said, in a Brandon Patch interview. "I've had a great time serving the people of Hillsborough County and the state as a state representative ."
Added Glorioso, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel: "I enjoyed serving my community, I enjoyed serving my state, my city and my country. I've served 45 years and it's time for me to take it easy and enjoy a round of golf and spend more time with my grandkids."
Is there another round of politics in Glorioso's future?
"Too early to tell," he said.