A surprise money request from Sen. Murkowski

Letter to the editor

Posted: Sunday, November 09, 2003

Imagine my surprise when I received a letter from Sen. Lisa Murkowski asking me to help her get elected to the U.S. Senate seat her father bestowed on her last year.

Lisa said she wrote me because I was a contributor to Fran Ulmer's gubernatorial campaign and suggested I "put aside partisan politics" and give her some money.

I'm not surprised Lisa would want to tie her name to a brilliant female Alaska leader like Fran, but I had to read through twice the part where Lisa asked me and other Alaskans to give her money so that her "independent-minded message" could be heard. With few exceptions, I haven't seen much in the way of independence from Republicans in the Alaska Legislature, and most of what I've seen from Lisa in the U.S. Senate has also closely followed the party line.

I agree with Lisa that our state finally "needs a senator who will not bow to Outside interests." But I question her independence when she flies to Texas with Dick Cheney to rake in Outside bucks. Meanwhile, financial disclosure reports show her opponent, former Gov. Tony Knowles, has a grass-roots campaign with the majority of his money coming from Alaskans.

By the way, I donated money to Fran Ulmer's gubernatorial campaign because she was the most intelligent, honest, proven leader running for governor. She still is.

Claire Richardson


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