McAdams Full-Page Ad: “I’m Twice the Man Joe Miller Is…”
As a large girl myself, I’m infuriated but not surprised by the ignorant Conservatives, (or DINOs, or folks with mental health issues) who can find nothing to use against Sitka Mayor and US Senate Candidate Scott McAdams except his size:
–ADN ”AK-Voices” right-winger, Brian Sweeney forgoes credibility in lieu of insulting size-references to Mayor McAdams in at least two of his “articles.” (I have no doubt his sneering commentary is a throwback to some kind of High School trauma involving a football player and his head in a swirling toilet.)
–Facebook fans obsessed with Lisa or Joe have become desperate now that they realize Scott is a threat. They are so desperate, in fact, that they are trying to convince folks that his size is a good enough reason not to vote for him.
What is it about “Scott McAdams is a former football player” that folks don’t get? I was in the University of Dayton Marching Band and spent my college years surrounded by huge football players (our giant tuba guy even ended up getting recruited by the NFL.) We marched on the half-time field with the 1982-Superbowl-team Cincinnati Bengals, whose linemen skipped steroids and went directly for the gamma radiation. I’ve even met the gargantuan “Refrigerator Perry,” back in the day. (OK, I’m lying…we were actually just in the same Chicago bar at the same time. Pardon my “Joe Miller” moment.) Scott’s size shouldn’t be a surprise or an issue.
So, other than ignorance, what is behind these attacks? I actually believe it’s a way to detract from Scott’s football-player-past, something that is a white-male crowd-pleaser. The Conservatives seem to think their candidates are the only ones who get to play that card.
The bright spot in all of this is Scott McAdams’s reaction to the Grade-School tactics…humor with a serious message. Friday’s full-page ad in the Anchorage Daily News (seen above) has Scott poking fun at himself while making a serious point through a pun.
“I’m twice the man Joe Miller is (literally). And probably three or four Lisas.”
Mayor Scott McAdams is more man than Joe Miller could ever hope to be. On paper, Miller’s life experiences would normally give a person confidence in his abilities and character. However, the truth revealed a grasping, opportunistic failure who disgraced himself, West Point, the Army, his family and his profession…whatever that may be (his erratic, ethically-challenged job history makes it difficult to determine).
Scott McAdams, on the other hand, has never lied about nor tried to hide who he is or what he has done. As Rachel Maddow stated in her recent visit to Alaska, Scott McAdams is “the same man” she met when she spoke to him back in August, just more confident and polished. Scott has also done something lacking in both Miller’s and Murkowski’s resumes…he’s given of himself to his community for many years. He’s been a teacher, he’s helped to create and coach a Sitka High School football team, he’s served on the Sitka School Board and then served again as Sitka’s Mayor. In McAdams’s case, this qualifies as “serving the community” because he clearly wasn’t making any money at it. Lisa Murkowski, in an arrogantly elitist moment, chose to point that out in recent ads that Scott has since rebutted:
Explain to me why choosing to serve your community without a large monetary compensation is a bad thing? I guess all of that corporate money has bedazzled Lisa…corporate money that Scott has shunned and has vowed to reject in the future.
Meanwhile, Joe tries to flip-flop on his oath to wean Alaska from federal dollars and Lisa tries to hide that she rejected the Stimulus Bill while at the same time claimed credit for it’s accomplishments. However, Scott McAdams has proven that he delivers to his constituents.
While Mayor, he helped broker a deal exporting Sitka lake water to the Middle East at $1.00 a gallon. The potential of $90 million annually will fill Sitka’s budget coffers for years to come.
Finally, it seems that Joe & Lisa like to cater to Hollywood and Washington D.C. respectively…two places that base a person’s worth on appearance and wealth. However, Alaska’s first culture…Native tribal (not corporate) culture…doesn’t hold those same false values:
Scott has been endorsed by Sitka’s Alaska Native Brotherhood (Camp 1) and Sisterhood (Camp 4) because they know him best. They understand he is the only candidate who has committed to Native Sovereignty and protecting Alaska Native Subsistence rights. Also, Scott McAdams is an adopted member of the Dakl’aweidi (Killer Whale) clan, Scott’s Tlingit name is Keét Yiyaágu which means “Boat Size Killer Whale.” The name indicates a “whale of prominence.” For those who may not understand Killer Whale (Orca) behavior, it is the adult male’s job to circle, protect and care for his “pod,” or community. A “whale of prominence” can do that much more effectively.
Mayor Scott McAdams has proven throughout this campaign, while lies and ugliness have been flung by both the Miller and Murkowski campaigns, that he is truly the only candidate of prominence in this race.