Oct. 26, 2012

To the editor:

For those who recall his time as a senator, one of Pete Kelly’s more prominent features was a tendency to fly off the handle, to launch into the stratosphere when it wasn’t warranted. It seems he is showing his colors in the ruckus he has raised about whether he was a lobbyist. Joe Paskvan’s ad focused not on the fact that Kelly had been a lobbyist, but questioned his effectiveness when he was one. But Kelly went ballistic anyway, claiming in the face of all the evidence that he had never been a lobbyist.

A quick Google search turned up the following news stories in which Pete looked and acted so much like a lobbyist that the reporter called him one:

• Anchorage Daily News headline, Dec. 3, 2003 — “University hires Pete Kelly as lobbyist”

• Juneau Empire headline, Dec. 3, 2003 — “UA hires former Sen. Kelly as lobbyist”

• ADN article on the university budget, Jan. 23, 2004 — “ Pete Kelly, the university’s lobbyist and a former state senator said ... ”

• ADN article on university lands legislation, April 18, 2005 — “Pete Kelly, lobbyist for the University of Alaska, told the House Finance Committee ... ”

• Fairbanks Daily News-Miner article on the university budget, March 31, 2006 — “ ... said Pete Kelly, lobbyist for the university.”;

• ADN article on Kelly switching jobs, Aug. 23, 2009 — “Former Sen. Pete Kelly ... has been a lobbyist for UA for about five years.”

As Dermot Cole put it, “He was a lobbyist.” So why get so worked up denying it?

Why not talk about something real instead?