Friday, April 10, 2009

W.A.R. is Not Good for Children and Other Living Things

There is little I can say about Sarah Palin's pick of Wayne Anthony Ross (W.A.R.) as Alaska's Attorney General that hasn't already been said by Alaskans far more eloquent than I... but that has never stopped me before.

My friend Elwood over at I Eat Gravel; the inimitable Shannyn Moore; The AKMuckraker at The Mudflats; Celtic Diva; Gryphen at The Immoral Minority... the list goes on. At each one of the linked blogs, you'll find links to other Alaskan bloggers who have voiced objections to Mr. Ross.

There is apparently no one out there who, if not vigorously opposed to this appointment (the camp I'm in) that does not, at the very least, have strong reservations about this guy.

It's not just because the man is "flamboyant." Flamboyant attorneys are often excellent attorneys. Edgar Paul Boyko fit that category.

No, it's because for Alaska, this man is a disaster waiting to happen.

Ross's statements and record indicate he is a misogynist, a racist, and just an all-around divisive individual. That is not what Alaska needs right now.

There are a fair number of great legal minds in Alaska, and a great number of fair ones. W.A.R. doesn't fit either category. Truthfully, his legal acumen and overall suitability is mediocre at best.

How do I know?
In 2007, Ross threw his hat into the ring for an appointment to the Alaska Supreme Court.
In a poll conducted by the Alaska Bar Association in 2007 (out of 13 candidates) for that appointment, Ross's overall score was 2.8 (1 = poor; 5 = excellent). Not surprisingly, the Alaska Judicial Council did not nominate him.

Not deterred, Ross tried again in 2008, this time for a Court of Appeal appointment.
In that survey (with 14 candidates vying), Ross scored 2.9. Once again, the Alaska Judicial Council failed to recommend him for the appointment.

Which brings me to the actual point:

Governor Palin - WHY do you want to foist this man on the State that you claim to love?

Your responsibility should behoove you to set personal politics (and ambition) aside, and appoint a person who will be good for all Alaskans, not just the gun-totin', racist, misogynist Bible-thumpers.

4 comments:

Crabby Barbie said...

Last Friday during the public testimony portion of the House Judiciary Committee hearings on Wayne Ross' possible appointment as the next Alaska AG, Chairperson Jay Ramras (R-Fairbanks) stopped the process for a moment to announce that his staff members had received many complaints that some people offering testimony by telephone were receiving harassing/intimidating telephone calls soon after their testimony. Ramras did not identify which side was doing the harassing, but called for this inappropriate behavior to stop. Later, I confirmed that the people doing the harassing were those in support of Wayne Ross as AG. Is Ross involved with the local mafia and it this a "Soprano's style" political strategy? Is this a concerted effort by Wayne and his best buddies to win this appointment at any cost? I think we should demand an investigation into this. I have already notified several key players about this, but we really need to get the word out further.

Wolfe Tone said...

Barbie,
I don't know who W.A.R.may be involved with, and I usually tend to discount conspiracy theories.
Frankly, I don't believe these people could organize a decent bake sale.
That being said, since public disclosure of one's identity is a requirement of testimony before any Legislative Committee, there may well have been a concerted effort by rabid Palin supporters to intimidate people who oppose her, it wouldn't be the first time.

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