Consider, please, the fact that one of the most vociferous supporters of the constitutional amendment advisory vote was District 7's own Mike Kelly.
Above, left: Coghill, Kelly, frontrunners for the FBH 2007 Used Honeybucket On Their Porch for Craptastic Behavior AwardHowever, despite his letter prior to the election to House District 7 voters that urged them to vote 'yes' in an offhanded way, the majority of the voters in his district, myself included, voted 'no.' In other words, we voted that we do not want to vote on a constitutional amendment.
So, the advice from District 7, which had one of the highest voter turnouts of all Alaska districts, to Mike Kelly is "NO." In theory, this means that Kelly would shut the hell up about it and go on to more pressing state business, like the AGIA or something. Advice, advisory vote, etc.
But nope. Kelly will push onward, according to yesterday's Anchorage Daily News:
State Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Fairbanks, said he'll be using the election results to try to win support for the amendment. Voters in his district opposed the measure by a slight majority, but he said that doesn't change his view.Hmmm. Again, let us review. Advisory vote = Advice to Legislator. Therefore, if Advisory Vote = No, Advice to Legislator = No. What part of this does Kelly not understand?
"I am not one of the legislators that necessarily needed the advisory vote to tell me where I stand on the issue," Kelly said. "I am still where I've been all along."
I'll tell you what, if District 7 had gone to the 'yes' vote by even one percent, he'd be claiming a mandate. Whoever runs against him next time ought to have a field day with this. I know I'll be volunteering for the campaign of whoever tries to unseat him.