Writer voices candidate support

Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2006

As a Democrat, I am at the mercy of the boutique party insiders who offer voters of this great state little more than familiar names and their recycled ideas, which thereby limits unnecessarily the political playing field.

Nevertheless, I feel compelled to urge my fellow Alaskans to vote for new faces, new ideas and a substantive vision that always places the public interest above the special interests.

The people are tired of the Volvo-driving politicians who live in gated communities pretending to understand the struggles and hardships of the rest of us that actually work for a living

Alaskans are desperate for new political faces and fresh thinking based on a clear message and a sensible strategy. Political posturing and choreographed photo opportunities are simply no longer sufficient.

While a seasoned political veteran in a well-designed propaganda commercial may look good in a hardhat and a deep tan, it doesn’t mean he/she will be an effective leader.

While promises from politicians to spend hundreds of millions and tens of billions to build new bridges, roads and the holy grail of gas pipelines, makes good campaign propaganda, we need leaders who will stop the disinvestment in publication education.

We need leaders who will recognize that thousands of our citizens — namely children and seniors, cannot afford basic health insurance. In short, we need leaders who offer solutions instead of propaganda and political posturing.

I’ll admit that new bridges and roads should be built. But we do not need more bridges and roads to the past. We need to build bridges and roads to the future. And Eric Croft is the gubernatorial candidate, in my opinion, who is the most capable candidate for governor of making that happen.

Mike Layne


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