Knowles supporters should have spoken up sooner

Posted: Thursday, August 05, 2004

Like most Alaskans, I applauded Tony Knowles when he declared he would oppose any outside ads on his behalf. And, like many Alaskans, I was extremely disappointed when Lisa Murkowski refused to make the same promise.

Now, it is six months later, and we have seen ads by three outside groups in favor of Lisa Murkowski and finally one group in favor of Tony Knowles. And even though the Anchorage Daily News has sided with Lisa Murkowski in taking Knowles to task, I have to rub my head and wonder why these ads didn't happen sooner.

The fact of the matter is that outside interests have been vehemently pushing their money and opinions into Alaskan living rooms for months. Lisa Murkowski never took that pledge back in January because she had already enjoyed the benefit of one group (the U.S. Chamber of Commerce) and knew she could look forward to many more. Knowles declared his desire to keep outside groups out of Alaska politics and then proceeded to get beat up in the media. After seeing three negative ads aired against Tony, his supporters have decided to fight back. Wouldn't you want to fight back, too?

I applaud the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee for sticking up for Knowles. I applaud them for their new, positive commercial. And I applaud them for picking a great candidate to stand behind and helping this great leader get elected to the U.S. Senate.

My only complaint about this latest round of outside ads is that they should have started sooner.

Steve Black


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