(GetEr)Dunleavy Steps on His Own Twitter
Brand spanking new Senator Mike Dunleavy (R) from the Mat-Su Valley, all eager and fresh out of the chute, steps into Juneau and on to his own… Tweet.
Now, to non-Alaskans, or those who do not eagerly follow the continual shenanigans an skulduggery of the Alaskan political scene, this may seem like just a regular old tweet.
But to those who lived here in the 2000’s, or what we in Alaska like to call the “Naught-ies,” the hashtag #geterdone would by hilarious, if it weren’t so incredibly eerie and seemingly prophetic.
You see, way back in the mid-Naughties, the self-named Corrupt Bastards Club (who even had embroidered CBC caps), was a group of legislators busy selling their votes to the oil companies. Ten percent of our legislature ended up being under indictment. Others, like Senate President (and son of Senator Ted Stevens) Ben Stevens, whose guilt was indisputable, somehow managed to escape prosecution. And the infamous Corrupt Bastards had one thing in common, and I’ll bet you can guess what it is.
You are correct. All of them were Republicans.
A few of the dullest knives in our legislative drawer went for a couple thousand bucks a piece. Now granted, it’s more than I would have paid for them, but to the oil companies this was one helluva deal.
And arising from the drama and corruption, there was one phrase, one iconic little saying that emerged to define the trials. It came from former House Speaker, and later Inmate Pete Kott, and it was taped by the FBI.
In one damning recording played at Kott’s 2007 trial, [VECO oilfield service company's CEO Bill] Allen told Kott, “I own your ass.”
In that same passage, Kott told Allen he had managed to kill an amendment that would have raised oil taxes above the line that Allen thought acceptable.
“I had to get ‘er done,” Kott said in Veco’s now infamous Suite 604 in the Baranof Hotel. “I had to cheat, steal, beg, borrow and lie.”