Blocked then blamed

Letter to the Editor

Posted: Monday, October 21, 2002

Republicans who are dinging Juneau Sen. Kim Elton for not taking a seat on the Senate Finance Committee seem to forget that it was the Republican Senate leadership who, contrary to their own rules, denied him a minority finance seat, bestowing it instead on an inexperienced freshman.

Republicans took this action for precisely the same reasons they two years earlier denied the seat to Sen. Al Adams: Like Adams before him, Elton is simply too smart, too effective, and too deeply committed to values that are likely to resonate with too many moderate Republicans.

I'm an economic reporter who covers the Legislature for the Alaska Budget Report, and I have spent endless hours watching Senate Finance. I'm not on any politician's payroll.

Gregg Erickson


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