Voters Should Be Closely Scrutinizing
Senator Murkowski's Motives
By Myla Poelstra
September 24, 2010
The recent shakeup in Alaska's political arena from the surprising
results of our primary election are bringing some interesting
pictures into focus and disturbing questions to mind. Senator
Murkowski's obviously unexpected loss, and subsequent decision
to pursue a write in campaign after promising to respect the
will of the people of Alaska by showing her support for the Republican
nominee, has caused many to question her judgment and integrity.
Further jeopardizing her position and credibility as someone
who claims to be sincerely looking out for the interests and
well being of Alaska is her unreasonable, determined pursuit
of the highly contentious Sealaska Lands Bill. A recently released
letter from nine Southeast Alaska towns asking the Bureau of
Land Management to quickly proceed forward with conveyance of
the lawful withdrawal area selections Sealaska Corporation has
had on file with their office for over two years, brings into
question the relevance or necessity of this divisive legislation.
Why would Senator Murkowski push forward with such one sided
determined effort at the risk of her own political career? A
large majority of those living and working in Southeast Alaska
have repeatedly implored her to withdraw this destructive bill.
This economically fragile area of our state desperately needs
closure on this issue after nearly a decade of turmoil. How
can further polarization of the region be in the best interest
of the state or it's people?
This weekend she launched her write in candidacy by announcing
Mr. Byron Mallot, board member for Sealaska Corporation, as co-chair
of her campaign. Senator Kookesh, Sealaska Board Chairman, was
also present to endorse her pursuit of a goal that has no clear
beneficial purpose. She has resigned from the positions she
held in the Senate that would have made her a valuable representative,
and stands to loose other important seats on committees that
have made her an asset to our state. Her efforts can only result
in splitting the vote, making it difficult for any candidate
to win a majority in November.
What can possibly be pushing Senator Murkowski forward on this
wantonly destructive path? No defensible reason comes to mind.
It's certainly not in the best interest of her party. The self
destructive behavior these decisions exhibit does not make this
voter feel confident in her judgment or ability to represent
the State of Alaska as a member of our congressional delegation.
Edna Bay, AK
Received September 22, 2010
- Published September 24, 2010
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