Gov. Murkowski doomed to failure from the start

Posted: Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Governor, In wasting State monies for another expensive legislative special session, it seems obvious you haven’t received the Alaska Republican voters’ message they sent you on August 22, 2006? Are you really that obtuse? If so, I’ll write slowly and maybe it will soak in.

The message — 81 percent of Alaskan Republican voters (who voted) sent you a personal no-confidence vote. In the last 3-plus years, not only have you alienated many Republicans, who voted for you, you have also alienated so many Republican legislators that “the stars are no longer aligned.”

When you progressed from a senator, whose staff manages everything including your social calendar, to Alaska’s top manager, you made many mistakes but one was the key to your failure(s). You surrounded yourself with “yes people.” Every good manager seeks very smart people, as subordinates, who will give him/her honest feedback. When you violated the law and fired Tom Irwin, it became overtly apparent you didn’t want honest feedback. Lack of honest feedback leaves a manager operating alone, to sink or swim on his own wits. That was your undoing.

Since you had had no successful “management experience” in your entire adult life, coupled with your arrogance and bullheadedness (in D.C., that’s called ‘Potomac Fever’), as Alaska’s top manager, you were doomed to failure from the beginning. You couldn’t keep your campaign promises because you simply didn’t know how. And your yes-people staff (and other appointed cronies) agreed with all your ideas just to keep their jobs.

All good managers operate with common sense and seek advice from others, who are smarter than they are. All good “elected” managers do not treat their constituency with disdain or as dupes. All good “elected” managers are responsible stewards of public monies and do not operate in secret, which might give the unethical appearance (“image”) of being “owned” by special interests.

A lot has been written about this Alaska primary election, nationwide. In my opinion, as a voting Alaska Republican, most Alaskans just don’t trust you to do the right thing.

P.S. Your suggested “personality transplant” was actually one of your best ideas. You should have considered that years ago.

Richard Hahn


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