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Ready to debate

Posted: Tuesday, October 29, 2002

On Sunday I was asked to enter into a debate with Sen. Frank Murkowski and Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer by Dan Saddler at Bartlett High School in Anchorage Thursday.

This was at 7 p.m. and around midnight he called me back and said that the leading candidates for governor would not allow the other governor candidates to debate, treating us like we were second-class citizens. I wonder if they ever read the Constitution or the Declaration of Independence. The reason I am writing this is to question what makes them think that they are qualified to lead this state if they are afraid to meet all challengers in debate. This is the same narrow perimeter set by the parties during the primary election this year to keep out the so-called riff-raff in politics. I was led to believe that anyone could run and should be respected for his effort. In Fairbanks the Green Party candidate was escorted from the debate for showing a yard sign in protest to their restriction on her from the debate.

In Anchorage, TV station KTUU channel 2 on Oct. 23, the order was not to let them speak. So channel 2 offered us a pre-taped 10 or 15-second spot to run during the breaks at this debate. They still held us at a distance. I cannot believe that Lt. Gov. Ulmer thinks she is the best person to choose who should be governor and lead this state for the next four years. What kind of dictatorship is this? Frank Murkowski is a U.S. senator and should uphold the rights of the people. I still believe that Alaska is the greatest state in the union except for a few who use their power of office to keep us down. I stand for the people and the rights of all. I also enclosed the Declaration of Independence for them to read as they probably missed this in elementary school. I am also enclosing for them the first part of the Constitution of the United States of America. APOC and the Division of Elections should have stepped in but Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer is in charge of this department. So much for the rights of the people, to where has justice flown? As the governor candidate for the Republican Moderate Party, I am requesting an investigation into this impropriety.

Raymond P. VinZant Sr.

Soldotna



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