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Story Last modified at 11:02 a.m. on Thursday, March 10, 2011

Bailey portrait of Stoltze sad but not surprising

In last Wednesday's Eagle River Star, dated Feb. 23, 2011, I read with sadness but not surprise the attempt by former Palin aide Frank Bailey to paint Rep. Bill Stoltze in a negative light. It was sad because the picture Bailey tries to paint of Rep. Stoltze could not be further from my experience with the representative, but no surprise because it is coming from a political hack wanting to cash in on his time in the Palin Administration by turning on the very people that once supported him.

Bailey's recollection of events characterizing the representative in a poor light comes from his memory, according to the Alaska Star piece, and not from any e-mail or recording. Wow! Nothing to substantiate his claims. I guess we are just supposed to take his word for it. This is coming from an individual that was let go by Palin after admittedly being involved in his own questionable activities. At best this is innuendo that doesn't hold up, and at worst, well you be the judge, but that doesn't seem to be a concern of Bailey's as he tries to convince potential readers that his book is not fiction.

In every encounter I have had with Rep. Stoltze, he has been cordial, professional, concerned about the issues I brought to him for consideration, and extremely interested in helping his constituents. For some Bill may not be a show horse, but he is certainly a workhorse.

Unlike Mr. Bailey or his claims, Bill has actually made a difference in the lives of his constituents that are tangible and substantiated. Ask the 17,000 students of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District that he fights for each legislative session, or the thousands of travelers on the Glenn Highway who appreciate the lighting that has made travel safer after darkness.

Michael Dunleavy

Wasilla



This article published in The Alaska Star on Thursday, March 10, 2011.