Disgraced Alaska rep 'just does not get it'

Posted: Friday, July 13, 2007

Now Alaskans know why former state Rep. Tom Anderson insisted on going to trial, even though federal authorities caught plenty of his corrupt behavior on tape.

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Anderson just does not get it.

Upon being convicted, Anderson whined, "The prosecution has criminalized being a legislator."

To Anderson, being a legislator means complaining to a lobbyist that you need money, and expecting him to do something about it.

To Anderson, being a legislator means taking thousands of dollars from a special interest while doing no real work in return.

To Anderson, being a legislator means it's OK to take those payments because, in the beginning, you agreed to help your patrons with their political needs for free. Being a legislator means you can take money that might look like a bribe, as long as it doesn't change your position on a subject.

To Anderson, being a legislator means it's OK to show up at a public hearing and speak up for your political patrons while lying about whether you are getting paid to do it.

To Anderson, being a legislator means complaining when your lobbyist/middleman is pocketing too much of your illegal booty.

A federal jury has decided that being a legislator like Tom Anderson makes you guilty of multiple felonies.

Good call.

Anderson may not be alone in his view of what "being a legislator" means. Federal authorities allege that some of his colleagues acted on a similar notion.

And if the feds can prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt, those colleagues will also be convicted felons.

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