“Fiscal hawk” Brad Keithley has released what has being called his “hit list” of state legislative candidates that he’ll target, and ones he’ll support, in upcoming races, with up to $200,000 of his own money.
He’ll be opposing the following three incumbents:
- Republican House Majority Leader Lance Pruitt in East Anchorage.
- Republican Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux in East Anchorage.
- Democrat Rep. Geran Tarr in East/ and Midtown Anchorage.
Their challengers are Democrat Matt Moore, Democrat Laurie Hummel, and Libertarian Cean Stevens.
In an open House seat in West Anchorage, he will be supporting Republican House candidate Anand Dubey over Democrat Matt Claman.
Tarr is in the Minority and LeDoux is not part of the House leadership.
Keithley said he’ll be “closely watching” two Senate seats, and potentially an additional House race.
Anchorage-based Keithley, a lawyer until recently with Perkins Coie and now a consultant, has tried, and to some extent succeeded, in elbowing his way into Alaska’s political class by preaching fiscal responsibility. Last winter, he was toying with a self-financed run for governor. Keithley opted out of the governor’s race, however.
Keithley said he made his decision based on a questionnaire that he sent out and on a poll that he commissioned to see what candidates were vulnerable and where his money would be best spent.
“After reviewing incumbent records and responses to the candidate questionnaire I sent out, it became clear which candidates take fiscal responsibility seriously and which ones don’t,” he said. “I’m now ready to roll up my sleeves and put my money where my mouth is. Alaska future generations – my generation’s kids, grandkids, and great grandkids deserve no less.”
Here’s his list and his explanation for supporting/opposing individual candidates:
House District 15. Keithley is supporting challenger Laurie Hummel over incumbent Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux. “While a Democrat, I believe that Hummel nevertheless is a fiscal conservative committed to helping solve what she clearly sees as a building fiscal crisis. On the other hand, LeDoux voted for the last two record budget deficits and while giving lip service to supporting lower budgets, appears comfortable with the procedures that led to them and if left unchecked, will continue to lead to others in the future.”
House District 19. Keithley is supporting challenger Cean Stevens over incumbent Rep. Geran Tarr. “Stevens is committed to both the budget and procedural reforms that are necessary to address this problem. Tarr, on the other hand, not only voted for both budget-busting capital budgets the last two years, but also supported amendments to the operating budgets that would have made the deficit even worse.”
House District 21. Keithley is supporting Republican Anand Dubey in a district that has no incumbent over Democrat Matt Claman. “Like Stevens, Dubey has committed himself both to the budget and procedural reforms that are necessary to address this problem. Indeed, Dubey probably had the best quote of any in response to the candidate questionnaire we sent out: ‘The current budget model … which the State of Alaska is using is something out of Alice in Wonderland.’”
House District 25. Keithley is opposing incumbent House Majority Leader Lance Pruitt’s bid for reelection. “As a member of legislative leadership over the last two years Pruitt has led Alaska straight into the situation that if not corrected ISER says is heading in the very near future toward a fiscal crisis, economic crash, income taxes and a diversion of the Permanent Fund earnings. Some have suggested that Pruitt should have been opposed in the primary like Eric Cantor was at a federal level, but it’s too late in the election cycle to do that. Instead, I will support his opponent Matt Moore who has taken a strong stand on fiscal issues.”
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