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Mon Oct 31, 2016, 07:33 AM

Troll should have exited her Assembly seat graciously

The title of an article in the Oct. 19 Juneau Empire reads, “Outgoing Assembly member snubs political opponents in thank you note.” The article identifies a letter submitted by former Assembly member Kate Troll as a thank you note to the Assembly prior to the Monday meeting where new members would be sworn in. It was hardly a gracious letter. Instead it was poor etiquette and wrong.

Troll lost the areawide seat in the October election to Norton Gregory. On election night, it is customary for candidates to gather in the Assembly chambers when the results roll in to either celebrate or congratulate their opponent. Troll was a no-show. In fact, following the election Troll failed to fulfill her obligations by refusing to attend meetings or vote on any matters before the Assembly. This left her constituents without voice for the remainder of her term. Troll’s actions were wrong.

Instead of attending her final Assembly meeting where she was thanked for her service, she slipped her “thank you” note in the Assembly packets. The note appears to serve two purposes: to thank people she worked with, and to admonish three members who supported Mr. Gregory.

Troll claims that sitting CBJ Assembly members typically don’t weigh in on local elections. What she failed to state is that she did that herself, and not just once. A check of APOC records shows she not only supported Karen Crane in her candidacy for mayor in 2016, but in 2015 Troll supported Greg Fisk against incumbent Mayor Sanford and in 2014 she supported then-candidate Maria Gladziszewski.

Read more: http://juneauempire.com/letters/2016-10-28/troll-should-have-exited-her-assembly-seat-graciously

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Oct 31, 2016, 08:06 AM

1. What a Troll.........

Looks like a bit of comeuppance for this "charming" individual....

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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #1)

Mon Oct 31, 2016, 08:36 AM

2. She not only has a big chip on her shoulder but burns some bridges on her way out. Not good.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 2, 2016, 02:35 AM

3. Actually, Kate Troll(who was one of Juneau's better recent Assembly members) had her reasons.

 

You had the entire right wing of the Assembly ganging up to defeat her(as they did to defeat progressive mayoral candidate Karen Crane in the special election earlier this year)by demonizing her vote on limiting the sales tax exemption for seniors. In truth, both of them only removed the exemption for out-of-borough seniors and only on non-food items. The opponents of this change made it sound like Crane and Troll were making it harder for the elderly to buy food. The choice was to make this minor change or to make deeper cuts in local services.

Why SHOULD Troll have graciously congratulated the person who defeated her as the result of a smear campaign? If she had done so, she would have been validating what they did to her.

In posting a link to this, you are inadvertently endorsing a right-wing attack on one of our better former Assembly members(I lived in Juneau from 1982 until the end of July) by a local GOP type with deep ties to the long-standing Republican majority in the Alaska legislature.

I just thought you should know.

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