They Don't Need Coaching

Fortnightly Magazine - October 1 1997
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I sincerely appreciate your covering NARUC and its outlook in the July 15, 1997, issue of PUBLIC UTILITIES FORTNIGHTLY (p. 26). I believe your summarization of my conversation with your Associate Editor and his depiction of NARUC sends a clear message about the unmatched resources and capabilities our organization enjoys by virtue of its membership.

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Overall, the article generally captures the essence of our conversation. Nevertheless, it missed on my characterization of the NARUC staff's intended role with respect to the revitalized Washington Action Program. The article mentions that commissioners will be "coached" by NARUC staff on how to operate on Capitol Hill. On the contrary. As I mentioned during our conversation, most of NARUC's members are seasoned politicians themselves or have been appointed to commissions due to their political instincts. In fact, our members already possess a depth of knowledge on the issues. That knowledge, coupled with the strength of our member political institutions, marks the most valuable resource that the individual commissioners can offer to NARUC and to each other.

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