Local Democrats need to know that the actions of their party in Florida reflect directly upon them here in Juneau. Instructing ballot counters to disregard military votes is an almost unbelievable outrage. The silence of Tony Knowles and Kim Elton speaks volumes. Democrats have chosen to draw a line between them and the men and women who offer their lives in service to their country.
I speak only for myself, but I am not alone. I will continue to work beside you local Democrats. We may participate together in youth and school activities as our children grow. We may even continue to serve together in the National Guard. I will smile and get along. I may even like you. But I will never respect you. My children will never respect you. And if I live long enough, my grandchildren will never respect you. No matter who you are or what you do, you will always be a Democrat first. Nothing more. And today, there is certainly nothing less.