Today in Juneau, Rep. Mike Doogan (D - Spenard) was the only member of the Alaska House of Representatives to do the right thing. He voted against one of the most pathetically political pieces of legislation in Alaska history. I've called the office of my Representative, Carl Gatto (R - Palmer), to voice my disgust with his vote.
My wife says, "How could ANYBODY vote for that [legislation]. It's crazy!"
Here's to you, Mike!
Readers here know I've been very critical of Rep. Doogan lately. And I'm finishing up gathering information for a long essay on how the media has dealt with Rep. Doogan's use of government resources to reveal the identity of a pseudonymous blogger who was easy enough to contact through email.
But I thought I'd honor Mike by posting some of the better anonymous comments from this afternoon's Anchorage Daily News story about the house bill.
Here are some of Mike's pseudonymous defenders:
Apparently criminals run in packs and really do look out for their own. Our politicians must be convinced that they need to obliterate the justice department before any of their own corruption gets investigated.Yes, the DOJ really screwed up and may even have behaved criminally. But that does NOT excuse Ted Stevens for accepting the kind of gratuities (bribes) he was obviously accustomed to extorting.
Oh this is just great! Having solved all of the other problems we are faced with in this state (sarcasm intended), the AK Leggies want to honor a corrupt politician and request the federal government apologize to him. How about this: Ted Stevens apologizes to Alaska for his behavior that resulted in his trial?
Just more right wing-nut hogwash...
Lets hope the governments response will be to refile the case and get it right this time....we all know he's guilty
What is wrong with Alaska Politicians?? Is a way now being paved for every Alaska politician to behave like Uncle Ted and be allowed to get away with it?? Stevens is a crook who didn't do a very good job of covering his trail of deceit and lost his Senate seat as a result. How sickening these people are who get voted into office in Alaska year after year and who then act as if the law doesn't apply to them!
After going through the comments, none of which yet praises Doogan for his courage and common sense, I realized that the ADN reference to his vote being the sole dissenting one was only brought up in an update.
Whatever. Progressive Alaska is happy to credit Rep. Doogan with having cast the only sensible vote in this matter. Hopefully, the evening news at 10:00 p.m. will be interviewing him on this, along with the rest of the pack.
Update 11:15 p.m: From the comments:
My comment was removed from ADN on this stoooopid resolution as were hundreds of others.
After saying that everyone who voted for the resolution should be voted out in the next election, I recommended a medal for the brave soul who voted NO. Little did I know that it was Doogan. Even knowing that, I still have to give him credit. He CAN get some things right. Is he the only one who actually read that garbage?