This may be one of the most important governor elections our state has experienced. In reviewing the 2006 election pamphlet, I noticed that Sarah Palin's political and government positions far exceeds Tony Knowles' two. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with her. Another item that is apparent is found under the caption of business and professional positions. All three of the businesses listed for Tony are those that he has a personal investment in - in Anchorage. I don't see any investments for Tony in Juneau, so where's his commitment to us here?
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Tony isn't campaigning much on his contributions in eight years as governor. When I think back over his tenure as governor, he really didn't do much. He's not a strong leader, and I fear he's compromised by the oil industry. Too bad we don't have enough time to research how many of Tony's commissioners, directors and other appointed positions while he was in office had their offices in Anchorage or had an office in Anchorage and Juneau and only came to Juneau when they had to. I think we'd all be surprised at how many there were.
Our world has changed dramatically since Tony was in office. We're now faced with terrorism, gas and oil contracts, and state budget concerns, to name a few. If Tony was ineffectual while in office when things were relatively benign, I don't think he can adequately handle these very serious matters now.
I live, work and own a home in Juneau. I trust Sarah more to protect my future and the future of my children, and my real estate investment in Juneau, more than I do Tony. I hope everyone in Juneau will give serious thought to the consequences of having Tony as governor again.
I think Sarah will bring a level of integrity and honesty to the governor's office that we will be proud of.