What a colossal horses ASS. Democratic Representative Mike Doogan, in a fit of vengeance has omnipotently outed the author of the Alaskan progressive political blog, MUDFLATS, because he feels that if one is to going to publicly voice their opinion, one should stand by their opinion and use their real name.
This public harassment, bloodlust for revenge, and attempts to shut up dissenters by our elected officials is becoming an all too familiar theme here in Alaska. Just go on over to CELTIC DIVA'S BLUE OASIS to see what happens when you try to take right and just action.
I also urge you to go and read AkMuckraker's(It's a pleasure to "meet" you, AKM) post on Doogan's indecent exposure-if you can even get on the site. I will post some excerpts here that I think every Alaskan-hell, every American- should take to heart: Apparently Doogan has no problem with what the consequences of his actions might mean for AKM, her family and friends...
"I was a bit surprised to see my real name, as you can imagine. But after the initial surprise wore off, it really hit me. This is an elected State Representative, of my own political party, who has decided that it’s not OK for me to control the information about my identity; that it’s not OK to express my opinion on my own blog without shouting from the rooftops who I am."
"It said in my “About” page that I choose to remain anonymous. I didn’t tell anyone why. I might be a state employee. I might not want my children to get grief at school. I might be fleeing from an ex-partner who was abusive and would rather he not know where I am. My family might not want to talk to me anymore. I might alienate my best friend. Maybe I don’t feel like having a brick thrown through my window. My spouse might work for the Palin administration. Maybe I’d just rather people not know where I live or where I work. Or none of those things may be true. None of my readers, nor Mike Doogan had any idea what my personal circumstances might be. But that didn’t seem to matter.
What appears to matter to Rep. Doogan is that either 1) he feels that if he “outs” me, he’ll change what I have to say, or keep me from saying anything. 2) he gets to play mystery detective (like in his books) and believes people will think he’s really cool for figuring it out, or 3) he feels like getting revenge. He knows I want to remain anonymous, so he’s going to take it away. In any of those three scenarios, he didn’t think it was important to get the bigger picture.
And in any of those three scenarios we should probably find it disturbing that an elected official is using his time and mental energy in this way, against an ordinary citizen. I don’t need to remind Mudflats readers that Alaska is in a time of turmoil. We are facing unknown consequences with an erupting volcano that threatens to wipe out a tank farm on Cook Inlet holding 6 million gallons of oil. We have critical issues in the legislature, including Alaska’s acceptance or rejection of hundreds of millions of dollars in federal stimulus money for education and other critical purposes. We have a governor who has just chosen an incredibly divisive and extreme right wing idealogue as our new Attorney General. And there are only three weeks left in the legislative session. It bothers me quite a bit that instead of focusing all his energy on doing his job, one of our elected representatives would rather spend his time stalking and harrassing a political blogger."
CONTACT ME:Mike Doogan
Ph: (907) 465-4998Or (800) 689-4998Fax: (907) 465-4419
Thanks for the contact info, Shannyn Moore!
Oh, and one more thing...Doogan outed AKM in a legislative newsletter. Wouldn't that be using a legislative tool on legislative time?!?! Just wondering...