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Fagan: LaFrance weaves a tangled web; deception her only path to victory

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Suzanne LaFrance sits on the Anchorage Assembly. She leans hard-left and enabled disgraced former Mayor Ethan Berkowitz and his unprecedented tyrannical assault on the city’s private sector.

Berkowitz, LaFrance, and several other power-drunk Assembly members left behind a wake of economic destruction with their unreasonable and punitive lockdown mandates.

The pain and hardship they caused are so deep and wide, they are difficult to measure.

Now, LaFrance wants to take her dismal record as an Assembly member and move on up to the Alaska Legislature. She’s running as a Democrat challenging James Kaufman, who beat the incumbent Jennifer Johnson in the Republican primary for District 28.    

LaFrance obviously can’t run on her record of economic carnage as an Assembly member, so she’s attempting to reinvent herself as a conservative. Big Labor is sending out a mailer featuring LaFrance sandwiched between Congressman Don Young and U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan. The goal of the flyer is to trick the voter into believing LaFrance is ideologically aligned to the conservative Young and Sullivan. Nothing could be more untrue.

The flyer is an obvious attempt to deceive voters. LaFrance is playing her constituents for the fool.

Some may argue, “That’s politics. All politicians lie.” But do they?

If one were to encapsulate the strength and formidability of President Donald Trump, it would be this: He tells the truth.  

Trump may very well be the most straight-shooting man, next to honest Abe Lincoln and “I cannot tell a lie” George Washington, to ever hold the office of the presidency.

It’s true the media consistently labels Trump a liar. But most of what the media says is the opposite of what’s real and true.

LaFrance blatantly lying to voters about her political leanings may work in the short term, but it’s far from a solid play long term.

We know many Leftists like LaFrance don’t believe in the concept of truth or absolutes. You often hear people of her persuasion say things like speak “your” truth. But there is no “your” truth or “my” truth. There’s only the truth and it does not bend to anyone’s opinion or perspective.   

Renowned clinical psychologist Dr. Jordan Peterson writes a lot on the concept of telling the truth. In his book, “12 Rules for Life,” the 8th rule is “always tell the truth or at least never lie.”

Peterson argues you have reality on your side when you tell the truth.  

“If reality is against you, you’re not going to win, you’re going to get flattened,” writes Peterson.  

Peterson’s philosophy can be summed up this way: Do what is meaningful, not what is expedient.

“Telling the truth is hard because you have to know the truth,” writes Peterson. “But you can know when you are lying. Lying makes you weak. You can feel it. You put yourself in disharmony with reality. If you act in truth, then the order you produce is good.”

Peterson points out no parent is ever pleased when they catch their children in a lie. He says “when you go into a situation, if you tell the truth as carefully as you can, then, whatever happens, is the best that could have happened in that situation no matter how it looks.”

“Don’t underestimate the power of truth. There is nothing more powerful,” writes Peterson. “I’m going to state what I think as clearly as I can and I’m going to live with the consequences no matter what they may be.”

We’ve learned a lot from Trump but nothing more important than freely and confidently speak your mind.

Unfortunately, for Leftists like LaFrance, telling the truth is not an option. LaFrance knows her radical ideology is not palatable with most voters. If she would run on what she wants to do as a legislator, she wouldn’t stand a chance of getting elected.  

Former Senate President Cathy Giessel understood this. It’s why four years ago she lied when she promised to work with Gov. Mike Dunleavy to provide a full Permanent Fund dividend check. Instead, she did the opposite. The lie that got her elected is also what caused voters to reject her four years later.

LaFrance’s blatant attempt to fool voters may work for her in the short term and fool enough voters into believing she’s a conservative. But when she runs again, she’ll have to bank on voters having a short memory.

In many ways, we should feel sorry for LaFrance and other lying politicians. Imagine knowing the only way to get where you want to go in life is to fool as many people as you can. That’s hardly a meaningful existence.

“Truth is like surgery. It hurts but it cures. A lie is like a pain killer. It gives instant relief but has side effects.” – Unknown philosopher.  

Dan Fagan hosts the number one rated morning drive radio show on Newsradio 650 KENI. He splits his time between Anchorage and New Orleans. 

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  • Is the mailer not from an independent group as was reported in earlier articles? If so, how is this deception on the candidates part?
    While I know deception and conspiracies are all the rage these days as a means to manipulate ones base. But, could it be the three candidates on that mailer are all endorsed by the group sending the mailer? I realize that takes away from a story based on “deception”, but facts are always better than hyperbole.

    • Her record has nothing to do with a mailer. She has dug her own pit or, if you will, made her own bed and it simply is what it is. She is a far left nut job and it is of her own making. The pain she and others like her have caused the citizens of this once great city will live beyond her defeat next Tuesday.

    • It would behoove LaFrance, like Dan said in his piece, to tell the truth. Most candidates have to approve flyers and advertising before they go to press. If the group did this without her knowledge, then she should come out and say she is a lying liberal … oh wait, that ain’t gonna happen …

      • Not the way it works. There is no coordination allowed between campaigns and groups that do independent expenditures.

  • Highly unlikely that a group that supports LaFrance would support those who reflect nearly the exact opposite views.

    • Unlikely, or fact? That question should have been answered before writing an article like this. A simple look at APOC answers this question.

  • Her weak resume reads like Alice Galvin’s. Great Alaska Schools ‘About’ page still has a pic of Pedowitz and, coincidentally, a quote from Margaret Mead.

  • It’s the ‘Get Involved’ page.

  • “Trump may very well be the most straight-shooting man, next to honest Abe Lincoln and ‘I cannot tell a lie’ George Washington, to ever hold the office of the presidency.”

    Holy cow, that’s laying it on thick.

    “It’s true the media consistently labels Trump a liar.”

    Like, remember when Trump was the “one truly massive liar” in the 2016 primary?

    • That, sir, is bull and can only come come from thé mouth of à Democrat

  • LaFrance has a long history of ignoring the very voters that elected her to the Assembly. Repeated e-mails and calls to her get ignored. I can only assume it is because the caller has a different opinion than she does. I bet she responds to the people that agree with her.

    Before any sitting member of the Assembly decides to run for a higher political office, they really should examine their history in the position currently held. LaFrance’s positions are: The homeless should be spread around Anchorage. Why keep them all in a single district, bring the problems to her neighborhood. The Mayor knows better than the voters, so his emergency authority should never end. (Although, she will toss out some lip service about how it needs to be discussed before renewed. But, invariably she votes to extend without actually discussing it.) Using the CARES act for a purpose it was not intended? Sure, why not? IF we get caught, just stick the taxpayers with the bill.

    There is no action of hers on the Assembly that warrants a run for the State House. Nothing.

  • LaFrance and the oligarchy she has created with other assembly members have decimated Anchorage. Putting her in Juneau would be like throwing away your money because she wants an income tax on working people to support welfare programs for people that do not work.

  • Way to go, Fagan.
    Who in his right mind wants to risk vexing the Honorable Suzanne LaFrance, District 5 Director of the Alaska Municipal League? (akml.org/about/board-of-directors/)
    The Alaska Municipal League exists for one reason: “…to strengthen Alaska’s local governments.” (akml.org/)
    …all 168 of them. (akml.org/member-services/municipalities/)
    The Alaska Municipal League has $659,434,824.69 stashed out of taxpayers’ reach, to make it happen, “…to strengthen Alaska’s local governments.” (amlip.org/)
    Think of it like a big strong union just for governments with ample money to buy and sell whoever needs to be bought and sold, an invincible Dream Team in the making.
    The Alaska Municipal League has two lobbyists, Dianne Blumer and Nils Andreassen, on the lobbyist side of Alaska’s lobbyist-legislator team. (aws.state.ak.us/ApocReports/Lobbying/LobbyistDirectory.aspx)
    The Alaska Municipal League supporters want their Honorable District 5 Director LaFrance elected to the legislator side of Alaska’s lobbyist-legislator team.
    Think of it, Fagan, as a marriage made in heaven… a big strong, invincible union just for governments that’ll last forever.
    What’s not to like?

  • LaFrance:
    Another fraud. Lefty, radical Democrat. They are popping up like weeds this year, trying to look like dandelions. Mow them down.

  • I received the very same flyer except it featured the Dirt Dr. Liz Snyder in the center. When I saw this my sentiments were in line with this article. Disgustingly Deceptive.

  • Gee…Kelly Cooper has the same ad to cozy up to our good congressman and senator. Yet she is not in their class. Put dog food between prime rib and a TBone steak does not improve the my desire for the dog food!

    Dan, Sarah and Don iss a first class meal; add Trump and it’s the best for our state!

    • “Put dog food between prime rib and a TBone steak does not improve the my desire for the dog food!”
      That’s terrible.
      Love it.

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