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ELECTION: Angel keeps ALEC ties under wraps

Letter by Michael G. Cassidy, Olalla on July 23, 2013 at 3:15 pm with No Comments »
July 23, 2013 4:49 pm

I received a flier in the mail touting state Rep. Jan Angel for state Senate. I noted the section mentioning some of her awards. I also went on line to her impressive website and saw her much more extensive résumé.

It has been my understanding that Angel is the state leader for ALEC (the American Legislative Exchange Council), which was confirmed by a phone call to her campaign chairman. Why this fact not mentioned on the flier or on her website?

Why would Angel prefer that voters in the 26th District not know about her association with ALEC? Why would she not be proud of her state position in ALEC and highlight it among her major achievements?

If you are not familiar with ALEC, I urge you to Google ALEC and inform yourself about its national agenda and how it works through state legislatures to accomplish its goals. If you have noticed the similar legislation coming out of Republican-controlled legislatures throughout the country, then you have noticed ALEC in action.

ALEC is a well-oiled political organization with a very corporate-friendly, conservative agenda. The question we need to ask ourselves before we consider electing Angel to the state Senate is: Would the ALEC agenda be good for our state?

As state ALEC leader, Angel must think it is. But the fact that she keeps her ALEC association hidden suggests that she believes the voters of the 26th District may not agree.


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