Forgive us, Alaska, we knew not what we did.
In choosing Luke Hopkins as borough mayor over Tammie Wilson in the last local exercise in the democratic process, we inadvertently paved the way for move to Juneau. How could we know Gov. Parnell would appoint her to John Coghill's empty seat? And in what strange world does a person lose an election and get a bump up?
I'll say this, Wilson is, by all appearances, a very Coghill kind of Fairbanks Republican, and will absolutely delight the folks out at North Pole.
One need only refer to the campaign materials sent out by the kind people at "Tammie Wilson for Borough Mayor" shortly before the runoff election. Now, we don't have a lot of the major statewide issues here in the borough, it's usually about school bonds, our inherent right to suck down polluted air in the winter, or the fact that people want services but don't want to pay for them. So, what platform was Wilson running on? Based on her the flyer that arrived in my P.O. Box, Tammie was running to save Greater Redneckia from the green hordes.
"Protect the Right to access borough land for Hunting, Fishing and recreation," it read. "The opponents environmentalists will show up at the polls in force. Will you?" On the flip side was an endorsement by Craig Compeau, National Rifle Association/Alaska Outdoors Council member and Director of Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife. A trifecta!