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Time for a change in the state Senate

Posted: August 22, 2012 - 9:14am

Peggy Mullins recently attacked Mayor Peter Micciche in a letter to the editor. Peggy and I have served together on the City Council with Mayor Micciche. I consider Peggy a friend but couldn’t disagree more with her assessment of Peter and most of the claims made in her letter. 

During my 3 years on the Council, I have found Mayor Micciche to be a man of character and principle. He participates in every possible community event — including local school activities, Chamber of Commerce Meetings, and Eagle Scout Courts of Honor. He has shown the ability organize people, spearhead projects, and get results. Peter Micciche showed me true leadership, when after he was outvoted on the Soldotna Cemetery location, he accepted the will of the Council (and the voters who elected them) and led the effort to get the cemetery done and done right. 

Senator Wagoner on the other hand, has a rather undistinguished record. Partially, this is because he and 4 other Senators were ostracized by the other Republicans. Until last year, he was excluded from being in the Senate Coalition or maintaining meaningful committee positions. This year, by most accounts, he has been a non-performer in the positions he has held. When I was running against Tom in the last election, I asked Rep. Lindsay Holmes, “Since Tom has no responsibilities in Juneau what does he do?” Her innocent and immediate response was, “Oh, he sits in the lounge and plays cribbage all day.”

Tom has taken credit for funding of lots of Peninsula projects which may or may not be true. When Lyda Green (R) was Senate President she went to our Representatives and asked them to put some money in for the Peninsula because Tom wasn’t going to get them anything. In my conversation with her, she did not have any positive memories of Tom as a legislator.

I like Tom as a person, I just don’t think he has been an effective Senator. Eight years of underwhelming performance is enough. I have nothing but praise for Peter Micciche and suggest he is the better choice for the Peninsula.

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Allen 08/22/12 - 05:18 pm
Nels Anderson - Sore Loser

For those who don't remember, Dr. Anderson ran against Tom Wagoner in 2008, and lost by a wide margin (60%-40%). He is hardly an objective observer of the 2012 Senate contest.

Dr. Anderson's kudos to Peter Micciche and criticism of Tom Wagoner are way off the mark.

Let's see, Micciche shows up at a lot of events. So? Every politician does that.

The Soldotna cemetery. It is true that after the 2009 election Micciche was in the minority on the Soldotna City Council so he might have stopped openly trying to de-rail the cemetery project. However, he abused his position before that election to block the cemetery from being located where Soldotna voters wanted, by a large voting majority. His stubborness and underhanded tactics caused a lot of divisiveness in Soldotna. Just re-read the newspaper articles from the time.

Contrary to Dr. Wagoner's claims, Tom Wagoner was not "ostracized by the other Republicans." He didn't want to join the Senate majority (Bi-Partisan Coalition). And now, at least among Republicans, being part of the Bi-Partision Coalition is considered a bad thing.

It's silly to say that just because a legislator is in the minority they "have no responsibilities in Juneau."

And as far as Lyda Green's alleged comments, meow. Over the years, she has had falling out with any number of her Republican colleagues, most recently when she was leader of the Bi-Partisan Coalition.

Allen 08/22/12 - 05:28 pm

Here's a link for a blog on the Soldotna cemetery that seems fairly accurate:

Here's the August 14 posting on the same blog discussing the pros and cons of the candidates in the Senate race:

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