Gov. Murkowski is making a mistake hiring Lower 48 public-relations people to improve his image. These folks have profound unfamiliarity with the feelings of Alaskans and what matters to Alaskan posterity. They'll just produce a campaign full of corny public-relations stunts and painfully obvious half-truths catering to prejudices, a la Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. So here's some free local advice to improve Frank's image:
Redouble efforts toward developing natural gas resources, but with greater transparency and public cooperation. If oil companies get upset over this, refer them to our Alaska Constitution's first article for who's our senior political authority. Tell them that undermining our form of government by secret legal trickeries to operate as a benevolent elected monarchy violates the governor's oath of office.
Instead of fighting critics, put them to work by impaneling them and other caring citizens. Permit them open access to vital information on areas of interest. Admonish such committees that their public worth is directly proportional to their cooperative suppression of rampant selfishness and blind prejudice. Educate state government on how to use the tremendous power and public cooperation thus created.
Announce that the Murkowski administration erred regarding the longevity bonus. Using skills of the financial wizards that "legalized' funding the governor's jet, propose funding this program for another fiscal year. Provide funds to carefully audit this expenditure for fraud and waste.
Announce that Frank Murkowski is not a pro-monarchist in covert disdain of the source of all Alaskan political authority. Consequently, though there are legitimate reasons his administration feels the legislature and many Alaskans are being shortsighted, order that the controversial jet purchase be reversed.
Regrettably and understandably, Frank Murkowski learned the wrong political lessons in Washington D.C. There is no such thing as career politicians who become infallible and all knowing from their service there. Efforts to learn true methodologies of representative government and leadership can inspire the public confidence needed to increase one's political competitiveness.