Elkins' honesty was refreshing

Posted: Tuesday, November 11, 2003

How refreshing it was to read that Jim Elkins of Ketchikan candidly admitted that Gov. Murkowski selected him for a legislative seat because "I'm a lifelong Republican" and "I've raised a lot of money for those guys."

That's the way our corporate "democracy" works both in Washington, D.C., and in Alaska. You buy influence. Governor Murkowski was apparently embarrassed by Elkin's honesty. How can you trust a straight talker like Elkins to maintain the illusion? According to Murkowski, Elkins was selected because "Jim knows the communities, knows the issues and won't be timid when it comes to standing up for his district in the Senate" blah, blah, blah, etc.

Mr. Elkin's candor has earned him my respect and I'm not a Republican. I wish his nomination was allowed to stand but, as Frank and his counterparts in Congress have so consistently proven, truth in politics is "inappropriate" because it could allow us suckers - er, citizens - to get a look behind the curtain of noble words and become so appalled by the facts that we'd demand real campaign finance reform.

Lisle Hebert


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