Vince Beltrami says he’s pro-development.
- He even has one letter to prove it! But Beltrami tried to stop badly needed oil tax reform and testified against HB 110 on narrow “Alaska Hire” complaints. His term on the Alaska Oil and Gas Competitiveness Review Board has been limited to circular “fair share” arguments.
- More importantly, Beltrami and the AFL-CIO are one of the biggest funders of “Together for Alaska” a group led by anti-development crusader Robin Brena. His entire focus is to replace pro-development legislators with those who will buy into his “if you tax it they will come” philosophy.
- Cathy Giessel has been a consistent voice in the fight for Alaska’s right to develop our resources. She has written numerous technical letters to state and federal agencies, and testifies at every opportunity. Former state budget director Cheryl Frasca recently praised her as “one of the most knowledgeable in the legislature on oil and gas matters.”
Vince Beltrami says he want to balance the budget and protect working Alaskans.
- But the Beltrami plan is to balance the budget on the backs of working Alaskans, not protect them. Central to his agenda is imposing an income tax and capping the PFD, hitting working Alaskans with both barrels.
- Unless of course you work for a public sector union. Then Beltrami favors granting widespread raises in the midst of massive private sector layoffs and a $4 billion deficit.
- Cathy Giessel is only legislator to earn an A+ grade from the Alaska Business Report Card this year, and the only legislator to get perfect grades back to back. Her high marks reflect her work serving all Alaskans through policies that foster job creation, encourage small businesses and support a strong local economy.
On Tuesday November 8th, we need to re-elect Cathy Giessel and move forward with a responsible budget plan or risk further diving the state by putting union and big government special interests in charge of our checkbook.
Voters can’t trust Vince Beltrami. Political doublespeak like his got us into this budget mess – and he certainly won’t get us out of it.
Beltrami has been one of Alaska’s biggest political insiders for years. So when he campaigns by saying, “Don’t send the same ‘leaders’ back to Juneau and expect a different result,” it also shows he’s one of the most deceptive. (ADN, 11/3/16)
For a decade, Beltrami has run the AFL-CIO, which he describes as “‘the political, legislative and public relations branch of the labor movement.’ That means since day one as its president, Beltrami’s been involved in politics all over the state.” (AnchoragePress.com)
He concedes the AFL-CIO is partisan: “We support a lot of Democrats, obviously. When you look at their party platform, they’re right on…” (AnchoragePress.com)
The unions have already elevated two labor leaders to the legislature. IBEW lawyer Bill Wielechowski is a state senator and IBEW shop steward Chris Tuck is minority leader in the house. And now they want more.
Beltrami and labor are pulling out all the stops to win this seat. They’ve already put nearly $200,000 of union-backed money into this race and the final campaign disclosure reports aren’t even in yet. (http://doa.alaska.gov/apoc/)
So while he brags that he’s an Independent, he’ll admit that the only reason he changed his party affiliation from Democrat to Independent was to vote against former Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan in the 2014 Republican primary. (AnchoragePress.com)
Voters trust and respect candidates who stand up and say what they believe. But when candidates hide their true feelings on the campaign trail to deceive voters, it’s a clear warning about what kind of leader they’ll be if elected.
How can voters trust a candidate when his entire campaign is based on deception?
Here’s what senate candidate Vince Beltrami tells voters:
- “Party labels won’t interfere with my ability to work with other legislators and the Governor. My record is clear – I am an Independent Alaskan.”
But here are the facts:
- The Alaska Dispatch News reported that Beltrami was “a lifelong Democrat until he changed his registration.” (ADN, 5/31/16)
- Beltrami’s campaign shares headquarters space with Bill Wielechowski, one of the most liberal, anti-business Democrats in the State Senate.
- Beltrami is using Alaska Democrat Party resources to run his campaign.
- He’s using technology developed by a firm called NPGVAN, which describes itself as “the leading technology provider to Democratic and progressive campaigns.”
- Even liberal columnist Charles Wohlforth concedes Beltrami’s claim is a sham: “Alaska Democrats have adopted much the same strategy by advancing candidates who say they aren’t Democrats,” lamenting, “That might work for a while, but it won’t build a base of support.” (ADN, 11/3/16)
Solving our crippling $4 billion deficit begins with straight talk, not deception.
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