As one who has watched over the years as Fran Ulmer worked with the various stakeholders in Alaska's fisheries, I was distressed to hear United Fishermen of Alaska's endorsement of Murkowski. Ulmer has worked diligently with the diverse groups across Alaska who are primary stakeholders in our fisheries. She has worked quietly, without fanfare, and tirelessly, to achieve sensible and tenable agreement among previously intransigent factions across the state of Alaska whose livelihoods are based - to one extent or another - on Alaska's fishery resources. Her attention to local fisheries issues and her influence in prudent policy decisions affecting our fisheries have been the stabilizing factors in our otherwise boom-and-bust economy. How could this group of stakeholders in UFA fail to recognize Ulmer's dedication to preserving of the resource that provides their own livelihood?
Frank Murkowski has about the same skill level in Alaska fishery issues as any other Washington bureaucrat, and I can't imagine what credentials the UFA based their decision upon. If Murkowski's short-sighted and profit-driven leadership of the timber industry in Alaska is any indication, Alaska's fishermen better begin to worry about drawing unemployment if Murkowski sits in the governor's office.
Dear fisherpersons, please rethink your position.
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