I got some pushback this morning about the piece that I published earlier on GOP Senate candidate Dan Sullivan’s support, or lack of support, for the ‘Stand Your Ground’ bill that was introduced while Sullivan was the state’s Attorney General, and passed last legislative session. The issue is being used against him to imply that he’s soft on gun rights.
At issue is an impassioned letter written by Assistant Attorney General John Skidmore, detailing concerns with the bill. The letter said that as written, the bill was dangerous and could lead to loss of life. As is standard procedure, Dan Sullivan’s name is on the letter, but Skidmore signed it. Sullivan has claimed that he always supported ‘Stand Your Ground,’ but that letter called those claims into question.
Sullivan said that he didn’t have knowledge of that letter. A reader suggested that I call Skidmore to check if that was true. I did.
Skidmore confirms Sullivan’s claims. He said that he never spoke with Sullivan about the legislation, and to his knowledge, Sullivan didn’t know about the letter or have any information about it, which isn’t unusual. He said that to expect the AG to personally oversee every piece of correspondence to come from the office is “unrealistic.”
He cautioned that his comments are not meant to imply that he’s supporting or opposing Sullivan, but that anyone who is using the letter that he wrote as evidence that Sullivan shared Skidmore’s concerns is being “unfair” and was “taking liberties with the facts.”
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