The Republicans and Gov. Sean Parnell are taking the Walker-Mallott ticket seriously. Good sources say that Republican strategist and political operative Tom Wright, who is considered to be one of the best in the state, will be taking a leave of absence from his position as COS to the Alaska Speaker of the House to join the Parnell campaign team. Other unconfirmed rumors suggest that some other top talent may be on board soon.
Parnell should be taking things seriously. The Dems are fired up about the Walker-Mallott merger. They smell a win, which is a new experience for many of them. Perhaps they should have long ago chosen a Republican to head their ticket. Why not, if you can win? Aren’t partly labels just labels, after all? Indeed, throwing off those labels seemed to make many of them giddy on Friday night at the Democrat’s Art of Politics, a art-auction fundraiser for the Democrat Party, which supposedly was the brainchild of IBEW’s Melinda Taylor. It was a big hit. About 200 or so showed. So many, in fact that there weren’t enough items to bid on, and people walked away with money burning in their pockets, which, because we aren’t doing labels anymore, might just show up in Republican coffers. Spotted: Vic Fischer and his wife Jane Angvik, who are treated like royally at these things. Travel guru Scott McMurran was there. Assemblywoman Elvi Gray-Jackson whose dress elicited oohs and aahs. A particularly ebullient Elsun Lawson; a dapper former Lt. Gov. Steve McAlpine, who likes to be called “Stephen.” Assemblyman Pete Petersen, Michelle Scannell and state Senate candidate Clare Ross huddled in the hallway, no doubt planning some sort of massive takeover of something. Lots of legislators were there. Congressional candidate Forrest Dunbar was a late arrival, and received a warm round of applause.
From an interview with KCAW in Sitka:
Begich said the unity ticket seemed to offer the best chance of beating Parnell and his running mate, who is also named Dan Sullivan.
KCAW: Did you have any role in the negotiations for the unity ticket?
Begich: I was happy to give my thoughts, I think it’s important, you know I know Byron personally, I know Walker personally…
KCAW: Were your thoughts supportive about the idea?
Begich: We had a good conversation.
CQ’s Roll Call, an inside the beltway political publication, updated their list of the 10 most vulnerable members of the U.S. Senate. Alaska’s Mark Begich is now ranked as the third most vulnerable senator in America. In the meantime, Larry Sabato moves the governor’s race from “safe Republican” to “lean Republican.”
Tuesday evening, the same day that the Walker-Mallott ticket was announced, a fired up Republican base showed up at a fundraiser for Gov. Sean Parnell at the Embassy Suites in Anchorage. About 75 people showed. Six of his cabinet members were there including: DOL Diane Blumer, DOA Curtis Thayer, DNR Joe Balash, DEC Larry Hartig, DOT Pat Kemp and AFD&G Cora Campbell. Others spotted at the event: Alyce Hanley, Aves Thompson from the Alaska’s Trucker’s Association, Scott Jepson, Tom Maloney from CH2M Hill, Connie McKenzie, Dick Stallone, Christina George, and AHFC’s Brian Butcher to name a few.
Hollis French might not be on the Democratic ballot in November, if there is even such a thing anymore. However, he’s far from forgotten. Vive la politico! People are trying to talk him into looking at a 2015 bid for the Anchorage mayor’s seat. Word is that he’s interested. He’s got a pile of money–around $100,000–that he raised and has on hand that could be carried into the city race.
Starting Monday, talk radio in Anchorage gets a whole lot smarter and sassier. State Sen. Lesil McGuire will be joining local talk show host Eddie Burke for the 4 – 6 pm drive time slot on KOAN radio.
On Friday, about 100 or so women gathered at noon at the Atwood Mansion for a “Women for Dan Sullivan” fundraiser. Sullivan’s wife, Julie Fate-Sullivan, was one of the speakers. Sen. Lisa Murkowski was the other. Spotted: Former Eagle River legislator Nancy Dahlstrom, Angelina Burney. Anchorage Assembly member Jennifer Johnson were there. MSI communications made a good showing. Legislative staffer Kim Skipper wore the best dress of the event. Others spotted: Mary Ann Pease, Dawn Linton, Karina Waller, Cathy Tilton, Tara Sweeney, BP Alaska prez Janet Weiss. There was one man there. Someone named Daniel, who Murkowski called the smartest man in Anchorage. “He knows where to be,” she said.
The Gaslactic Empire, I mean the Gasline Development Corporation, keeps expanding. Leslie “Fritz” Krusen has been named Vice President, Alaska LNG with primary technical and project management responsibility for AGDC’s participation in the Alaska LNG export project. Krusen will be joining AGDC following a 36 year career with ConocoPhillips.
Sometimes there’s even spoils in defeat. Cale Green, campaign worker for the Treadwell for Senate Committee, has been given a job working with the lt. governor and Division of Elections ostensibly to help coordinate the required public meetings on the ballot measures that are scheduled to be on the general election ballot in November.
Thursday was the birthday of one of my favorite labor leaders in the state – – Joey Merrick. Vince Beltrami should have gotten a birthday cake for him, inscribed with the words, “We Are the Champions.” And they should have eaten it while voting on the Walker-Mallott endorsement.
GOP grande dame Myrna Maynard turned 80 years old on Saturday. If Merrick’s song is “We are the Champions,” surely Maynard’s is “Killer Queen.”
Amy Demboski’s song, whose birthday was also this weekend: “Under Pressure.”
Tweet of the week:
Now, Scott is a friend/hard working Legislator. But how do U get “New. Energy/Vision” from a 4-term incumbent? lol pic.twitter.com/INfILbufq1
— Kyle Johansen (@kylejo574) September 6, 2014
Here’s a tweet from Tom Bearup’s 2012 sheriff’s race when he was living in Pinal Count, Arizona.
Some things never change. Bearup’s now running for mayor of the Kenai borough. Here’s his campaign sign:
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