The Alaska Support Industry Alliance held their annual dinner Thursday evening at the Captain Cook Hotel. The organization’s executive director, Rebecca Logan, had to be pleased with the turnout. About 500 people showed. Gov. Sean Parnell was joined at the head table by Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Don Young. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan, who has been endorsed by the organization, stopped by briefly before the dinner started and then headed to his own campaign event across town.
At the first gubernatorial debate of the general election, Bill Walker declined to say who he was supporting for the U. S. Senate by saying that, “the only sign in my yard is a Walker – Mallott sign.” On Thursday evening at John Oney’s residence on Campbell Lake, Walker’s former running mate, Craig Fleener, appears less circumspect. Fleener attended a Dan Sullivan for Senate fundraiser. Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell introduced Sullivan, even though he was confused why he was doing so. “I’m not sure why this guy needs an introduction after some 2500 television ads,” he said. Everyone chuckled politely. They actually laughed when someone else piped in: “Since yesterday.” Others spotted: Sen. Lesil McGuire; Joe and Tyra Chandler; Curtis Thayer; Republican Party Chair Peter Goldberg; Amy Saltzman; Tom and Terri Gimple; Dawn Kelly; David and Patti McGuire; Bob Bell; and Dr. Michael McNamara.
Think community council meetings are boring affairs where do-good citizens with too much time on their hands talk about swing-sets and sidewalk cracks? Well, Katie didn’t bar the door at the last Abbott Loop Community Council meeting, when Democrats in the area showed up in mass to demand change! And change (!) they got. Al Tamagni, who was Abbot Loop’s community council chair for about 25 years, one of the longest serving in the state, is now no longer chair after that meeting. Disco Ray Metcalfe, who has been trying to get back into public office for 20 years or so, is now the new chair. Lynda Zaugg, who has had her fair share of public office runs, has finally won one. She’s the the vice chair. Stay tuned for more drama from the Abbot Loop Community Council.
Did Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell sell his campaign signs to gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker? That’s the rumor anyway, which got people wondering who Treadwell was going to be supporting for governor. But those whispers should be put to rest now it’s public that Treadwell is going to host a fundraiser for Parnell on Oct. 13. Get details for this and other fundraisers here.
A book signing you won’t want to miss: Rob Cary, defense attorney for Ted Stevens and author of “Not Guilty: The Unlawful Prosecution of U.S. Senator Ted Stevens” will be at the Alaska Aviation Museum on October 9, 5:30 – 7:30 pm for a reception and book signing.
People who pay a whole lot more attention to city politics than I do are telling me that Eric Croft now has his sights set on an Assembly seat in the upcoming April municipal election.
The new Special Olympics Training Center in East Anchorage was rockin’ to the country music of the Ken Peltier Band at the Friday evening fundraiser for Special Olympics. The country western themed party underwritten by GCI (plus a check for $25,000) and catered by the Marx Brothers Cafe, drew several hundred attendees including a couple of politicians: mayoral hopeful Dan Coffey, wore his cowboy hat, boots, vest and bollo tie and said, “Howdy partner,’ repeatedly. He looked startlingly like Woody from Toy Story. Sen. Lesil McGuire looked like she just stepped off a Nashville stage, and Rep. Charisse Millett wore boots that were kind-of-sort-of countryish. GCI VP Paul Landes was honored for his years of service and chairing the organization’s board of directors. A few other familiar faces spotted: Justin Johnson; Greg Chappados; Kevin Sheridan; Jim Balamaci; Stephanie Haydn; Tim Fitzgerald; Jennifer Thompson; Troy Jarvis; Kurt Gibson; and, Tina Pidgeon.
September 30 was the closing deadline for the Q3 Federal Election Commission reports. Word is that at least one or more reports when released will represent the largest quarterly political cash haul in the state’s history. Reports are due no later than October 15. Stay tuned.
Half of Talkeetna was at the Senior Center on Saturday night for the Upper Susitna NRA event. Lots of great raffle prizes like rifles, pistols, shotguns and more rifles. And of course a few folks with political ambition showed, including Rep. Don Young, Sen. Mike Dunleavy and Rep. Wes Keller. Word is that Don Young won a trap. Judging from the way Young has been acting lately, had Forrest Dunbar showed, his arm might still be stuck in it.
Speaking of Dunleavy: Here’s how someone who’s 6’7″ fits in a voting booth:
Speaking of Young: Who, exactly, did he kill? That’s a question he’s likely to get soon from some reporter in response to a story about Young telling opponent Forrest Dunbar backstage pre-debate that the last person who put his hand on his arm, as Dunbar was doing, “ended up on the ground dead.” Dunbar’s pretty quick, still it was likely nothing if not startling. However, had he been thinking, the perfect response would have been for Dunbar to put his thumbs in his ears, wiggle his fingers, and stick out his tongue, much like this:
Happy birthday to former AG Bruce Botelho and the AFL-CIO’s Joelle Hall.
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