To answer your question Fanny, he did not win. That was the 2018 election in which his primary opponent dropped out unexpectedly, so he went on to the general election and lost. He ran again in 2020 and lost in the primary. He did not try to give me anything or reach out prior to that second attempt at election, because he knew it wouldn't work.
He came from a large and very political family, notorious in my state. He would attach himself to the most powerful family member at the time in an effort to try to get ahead financially with very little work on his part. Before I left he was closest to his cousin, who ended up going to prison for corruption as the chief of staff to the governor. The governor also went to prison.
When I left I moved 130 miles away and to my shock at the time, he followed me and bought a two unit house a half a mile from mine. He did everything possible to try and suck me back in.
I believe the reason he followed me was two fold. I was very much his security blanket financially. He had just lost his house in the old community to foreclosure. He thought he could just come live with me. The only way to accomplish it was to remain in proximity to me because he was sure he could woo me back in. I laughed when Mr. Wonderful told you he had to sleep in his car, because that was exactly what my Mr. Wonderful was trying to do.
The other thing was that I was hired by the community I moved to as first their Economic Development Director and then their City Finance Director, where I remain. He thought he could use his connection to me to help him financially and to give him credibility, as the only thing he ever maintained professionally was a real estate brokers license. He has not bought or sold a property in well over 25 years.
During this he actually had someone make an appointment with me at a wine bar to talk about a project they wanted to bring to our community. He showed up with that guy. That guy left and I was stuck, not knowing what to do with someone I desperately wanted to get away from. He kept pitching the development of an historic and scenic property that was never going to get a zoning change. I had to sit there for close to two hours while he tried to strong arm me into going to bat for it as part of my position. When I wouldn't he stood up and threw my wine glass at a brick wall spraying glass all over me and the bar, when moments before he was telling me he was sure I could accomplish this for him because of my beauty and brilliance. It told me every decision I had made about no contact was absolutely correct.
The attempt to win me back was relentless. But like your friend, I didn't believe a word of it, which I could hold firm to by making sure I had zero contact with him. To have any contact, even saying hi in the grocery store, restarted months of relentless pursuit. Professions of undying love, poems written about me to Letters to the Editor, flowers sent to me at work, which I would promptly reject, break-ins at my house, calls from his relatives to my friends and relatives. You name it. He even bought me an engagement ring. There was just never an official proposal and a date. Thank God. I dodged a bullet.
None of it was love, or change. I was right to not believe it. More than 20 years after I moved, he remains living alone, unemployed and trying to make a living by attempting things he can't accomplish and then suing whoever it was he couldn't accomplish it for or was using. And when he loses the suit he sues the attorney and never pays them.
Like your friend I was miserable when I was with him, always kept off balance, always waiting and always trying to earn something he was completely incapable of giving. But my trying to earn it was greatly to his benefit, so he used it. And I fell for it. I have to own that, because if I don't I am destined to repeat it. When I was in it, I couldn't see it.
I have been hard on you. I know I have. I think it's because I know you aren't sucked in by this guy because you are stupid. It's because he could see your desperation to be wanted by a family a mile away and he targeted you, just like he probably targets people he sees as suckers around him. He knows just how to play you. With your childhood and family issues, you are vulnerable to it.
And yes, like that friend I will never go back there again. I look at that part of my life with utter disgust at myself. And even worse disgust at him. It is extremely liberating. I want that for you. If you can accomplish so much, with a family that abandoned you and a millstone like this jerk around your neck, just think about what you can do without him. It will be different from what you have been trying to accomplish, but it will clearly be better.