Has he decided to run - again?
My vote for Frank the Tank (I like that - better than Frank the Bank) was a vote against his opponent, good ole Franny, NOT a vote for Murkowski. I think he should have stayed right there in DC where he did more good for Alaska.
He's successfully aliented the oil companies by raising the taxes on all the fields up here (I'm at work at Prudhoe at the moment).
He successfully got any hopes of cooperation in the near future between the Producers (Conoco/Phillips, BP
, etc) and the State on an all-Alaska Natural Gas Line shot in the ass.
He successfully screwed the Alaska Ferry system to the point of shutdown, and we have a brand new US$35mil Fast Ferry, Chenega, sitting in Auke Bay without a crew to run it because Robin Taylor*** and his idiots at the DOT can't get through the contracting. Perhaps not a direct fault of Frank the Bank - but Taylor was his choice to run the Ferry System.
*** As for Robin Taylor from Wrangell, it is preposterous to take the Chenega and Fairweather off the Skagway, Sitka, Haines/Juneau run in the winter and send them to Ketchikan and Petersburg/Juneau. WTF? Who the hell want to go there with that much frequency in the winter??? I don't even want to go to Wrangell in the Summer!!! The traffic flow is in/out of Haines and Skagway. The answer, my Alaskan friends, is so Frank the Bank can justify the road from Juneau into Skagway that nearly NO ONE wants in Haines or Skagway. The reason the Ferry system is broken is because of constant headaches and changes. . .
Oh, speaking of Frank the Tank and ferries - he successfully stranded 400 passengers and countless vehicles in Juneau this summer by sending the Kennicott off to Anchorage with 18 passengers aboard to show off the ferry system . . . most of the 250 possible travelers for that special trip FLEW to ANC
rather than spend 3 days crossing the Gulf on a Blue Schoolbus Cruise Ship wannabe. Nice Boat, the Kennicott, but not somewhere I want to spend a summer day if I have other options.
And lastly, of Frank the Tank and Nepotism! That sorry, lame, useless excuse for a Junior Alaskan Senator names Lisa, his devil spawn, is an embarrassment to Alaskans everywhere. She is out of her league, a simple Hanger-on in the land of big politics and big decisions. She should go back to her birth town, Ketchikan, and run for Dog Catcher. I cannot fathom how she was elected in her own right. I voted for Knowles.
Ohhh, for the days of Walter Hickel and Bill Egan!!!! Wait - how many of you are old enough to remember them as Governors???
On a side note, I flew with Wally and Ermalee back from Hawaii last summer. I told Hickel he ought to run again - he said he'd have to run as a democrat this next time since he'd already handily won as a Repub and Independent.
So, Frank the Tank - you're a one termer, better hope your retirement is secure.
That enough info for ya Chugach?
[Edited 2005-06-24 07:59:23]
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