Gov. Sean Parnell hasn’t been known for being a base-galvanizer. But if not exactly on fire, they seem at least a little stoked after the most recent debates. During the debates, Parnell has come out forcefully against Bill Walker, among other things, forcing an admission that education and Medicaid could be on the chopping block. Some wondered what got the governor uncharacteristically charged-up. Has he been eating his Wheaties? Did Walker really privately insult the governor right before the Juneau debate started when the two were shaking hands? it doesn’t sound like him, but some folks supposedly in the know seem to think so.
So much for the notion of loyalty as payback for cronyism. Just ask Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan, who was friends with Dan Kendall, and served on the Anchorage Assembly with him. While Sullivan was mayor, he put Kendall in a high-paying job in the mayor’s office. Later, he was placed as the interim CEO at ML&P where the mayor took heat from at least one reporter (me!) questioning the appointment, Consider this: Kendall’s only qualifications were that he worked at ENSTAR for 30 years as a corrosion technician. During that time, he was a member of the plumbers and pipefitters union and didn’t supervise or manage any employees. He was never involved in any of the company’s gas supply contracts, regulatory matters nor participated in the operations or management of the company. He likely never participated in one employee’s evaluation while at ENSTAR. And then he’s the head of one of the largest utilities in the state? Anyhow, because of Mayor Sullivan, Kendall got his tier-one, high three years, which significantly enhanced his retirement paycheck. And then he goes and joins the Republicans for Walker committee and writes an op-ed on Tuesday, criticizing Sullivan’s running mate, Gov. Sean Parnell. All of which confirms the saying about reaping what you sow, or something.
It’s all any of us can do to keep up with the November 4th general election. Yet, Ivan Moorewas in the field this week polling on potential mayoral candidates for the MOA elections in April. Here’s the list of potential mayoral candidates that he was testing for their positive/negative ratings: Dan Coffey, Amy Dembowski, Andrew Halcro, Hollis French, Elvi Gray-Jackson, Paul Honeman and Mead Treadwell.
Speaking of the lite governor, Mead Treadwell may have lost his Republican Senate nomination bid but it doesn’t seem to have deterred his interest in politics and supporting fellow Republicans. This week he’s co-hosting an event for Dan Sullivan’s Senate campaign and is rumored to be hosting an event at his Anchorage home for Gov. Sean Parnell sometime soon.
One man, who is sometimes old-school offensive, said that he felt that he could hear Helen Reddy belting out, “I Am Woman” as he walked into the Millennium Hotel on Monday evening where the Republican Women of the House– 10 female candidates–were having a joint fundraiser with special guest Sen. Lisa Murkowski. There were about 100 people there including: three of the governor’s commissioners – – Joe Balash, Curtis Thayer and Dianne Blumer; lobbyist Kevin Jardell; Heather Brakes; Steve Strait; Larry Baker; Anchorage’s first lady Lynnette Sullivan; Angelina Burney; and Myrna Maynard who served as the emcee for the event. Also, Reps. Johnson, Hawker and Saddler showed, realizing that it may well be a target-rich atmosphere for organizational purposes. In other words, they can bring home the bacon and fry it up in a pan.
Meanwhile, in Juneau Monday evening, some 75 guests crowded the Parnell – Sullivan headquarters in the capitol city at Twin Lakes for a fundraiser. Some of the guests spotted included: Emily Ricci; Bonnie Gruening; Randy and Dana Ruaro; Barb Propes; Bruce Twomley; Linda Perez; Andy and Cori Mills; Mike Barnhill; Royce Weller; Tom and Cathy Boutin; Bill Streur; and Mike Hanley.
While the Parnell folks were at Twin Lakes, Bill Walker and Byron Mallott were hosting the grand opening of their Juneau headquarters in the Nugget Mall.
Al Jazeera was in Alaska last week and this week following our Senate race and ballot propositions. Alas, our own Libby Casey wasn’t one of the reporters.
Sen. Mark Begich is nothing if not energetic when he’s in town, even when he’s not fighting for his seat. Expect that energy level to rise significantly in the next month. Tuesday evening alone, Begich participated in a nonprofit fundraising event for Cook Inlet Tribal Council’s Chanlyut at former Gov. Bill Sheffield’s home, a campaign event in his honor at the home of former Gov. Tony and Susan Knowles where more than 50 people showed, and an ASMI event at the Marriott Hotel. There may have been others.
Speaking of the ASMI event at the Marriott, everyone was there for the Great Alaska Seafood Cook Off – – four chefs, three mystery ingredients and one hour to create a dish highlighting Alaska seafood with the winner going to Las Vegas and a chance to win $25,000. Spotted in the crowd: Jon Bittner, Deputy Commish of Commerce; Mark Palmer from Ocean Beauty Seafoods; Jason Hooley; Barry Collier from Peter Pan Seafoods; Sen. Gary Stevens, Reps. Kurt Olson, Bill Stoltze and Craig Johnson; commercial fisherman Arnie Thompson; Kevin Adams; Robbie Graham; and Heather Brakes.
A strong crowd of 60 people showed up Wednesday evening at former Gov. Bill Sheffield’s house (I hope he has a clearing service) for a fundraising event to benefit Mia Costello’s state Senate campaign and the House campaign of Charisse Millett. Sen. Lisa Murkowski was the honorary host. The crowd was diverse and included: Alice Hanley, former legislator and mother of Commissioner Mike Hanley; Father Elliott; Greg Wolfe; AHFC’s Bryan Butcher; Therese Foley; former AK legislator Rick Uehling who now lives in California; Laurie Gray; Troy Jarvis of Anchorage Lithia Chrysler; Bernie Smith; Emily Ricci from the Governor’s office; Karen Morrissey; Kevin Sweeney; Assemblywoman Jennifer Johnson; Pam Birch; Justin Johnson; and, a whole slew of folks from the state’s Gaslactic Empire – – Miles Baker, Bruce Tangeman, Steve Pratt and Dan Fauske.
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