I've spotted two "contests" on the ever-popular ex-Gov. and GOP criminal enterprise enabler Frank Murkowski's return to the state he governed so ineptly for four years.
Steve Aufrecht, at What Do I Know? blog has written the best article yet about what possibly makes Frank tick. He wants to know what others feel about why Frank left his comfy position for life in the US Senate to run for Governor of Alaska in 2002:
I’ve been waiting for someone to have a contest. The winner would be the person who would write the best answer to the question: Why Did Frank Murkowski Leave the US Senate to Run for Governor? I think we’d get a lot of interesting entries. But since the ADN said yesterday that Murkowski has returned to the state to get the gas pipeline going and no one seems to be holding that contest, I’m just going to have to post my answer here.
And over at the Alaska Report's Political Blog, Dennis Zaki's post on why Frank is back now has elicited another contest of sorts.... kwalters invites it in the comments:
Let's start a list...Copy this post and repost with your own additions!!!
1. Cut the Longevity bonus and screwed seniors!
2. Cut Denali Kid Care and denied 3,000 kids!
3. Put the Habitat Division into the DNR...(the pot now calls the kettle black)
4. Overpaid for the Corporate Jet that no one wanted.
5. Flew personal trips on Alaska's dime.
6. Pardoned Whitewater engineering. They were found guilty of negligent homicide and manslaughter in the tragic death of Gary Stone.
7. After his 3rd place 19% incumbent loss, Frank took an official junket to China on Alaska's dime.
8. Frank as a LAME duck flew the jet to the lower 48 for a conference just days before he left office...again on Alaska's dime...
An observation from watching and reading the comment sections of posts this past week at the Alaska Report's new political blog - the commenters are far more on topic and respectful toward each other at the Alaska Report than they were at the Anchorage Daily News when the latter started their blogs last summer.
I think Frank came back to do more dirty deeds for Conoco-Phillips, but will soon find himself spending more time negotiating with the FBI about his future than with legislators or Palin administration functionaries, negotiating about ours.