Cast a vote you can be proud of

Posted: Sunday, October 31, 2010

To Democrats: Thinking about voting for Lisa Murkowski? Imagine waking up Nov. 3 (or Jan. 3, as the case may be), and Murkowski has been announced the winner of Alaska's U.S. Senate seat. Will you be proud of your vote? You will have succeeded in stopping Joe Miller, yes. But you will have disrespected your values and forsaken an opportunity to make a difference. Your vote will support future legislation that is anti-choice, anti-gay, anti-Social Security, anti-Medicare, anti-education, and anti-Alaska. Will you be proud of your contribution to that legacy? Even worse, imagine waking up on that morning and Miller has won, with Scott McAdams just a few votes behind. Will you be able to look yourself in the mirror and be proud of what you've done? Don't succumb to fear, lest you wallow in regret.

To Murkowski supporters: McAdams or Miller will win this election. It is as simple as that. If you can be proud of a vote for Murkowski, even though it is statistically impossible for her to win, cast that vote.

To Miller supporters: I admire the depth of dedication in your camp. I believe that most of you support Miller because you see him as an opportunity to change Washington, D.C. for the better - to "throw the bums out" and start fresh. I admire that. Unfortunately, Miller has revealed himself as a liar who cheats and politicks for his own benefit. He sounds an awful lot like the bums you want to throw out.

If you want change in Washington, think about casting a vote for McAdams. He is a man of the people, who has spent his life working with his hands and educating our children. He is not, and will not be, a puppet for any corporation or special interest. McAdams is a straight shooter and a great American. You can be proud of a vote for McAdams.

In this U.S. Senate race, Alaskans have two choices: Scott McAdams and Joe Miller. Vote your values, not your fears. Cast a vote you can be proud of. I'm proud to cast my vote for the fisherman from Petersburg.

Jeff Rogers


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