In Wasilla country, where campaigns are run on whispers, a particularly pernicious campaign is spreading against Loren Means, a political newcomer, who’s said to be a nice guy with nice teeth, which is something to note in the Valley. He’s also been endorsed by the Wasilla’s District 7 Republicans. Means is running to be Wasilla Mayor Vern Rupright’s successor. Except that Rupright has already chosen his successor and it isn’t Means. He wants his city administrator, Democrat turned Independent Bert Cottle, to be in the seat that he’s vacating, and is pulling out all the stops to try to make it thus. An email chain is passing through the tubes that relayed a conversation that Means had with the city’s police chief about stalking some Las Vegas cops in the 1980s with a deer rifle. In another conversation with the chief, Means supposedly talked about anarchy and the possibility of shutting the government down and something else to do with a crowded theater, where he envisioned a big brawl, a brawl for which he would be armed and ready, The chief described him as both “matter of fact” and “excited” when talking about such things. The chief reported him supposedly at Rupright’s suggestion, to Homeland Security, which will likely do nothing but turn Means into a Valley hero.
More Wasilla intrigue! Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan’s sister, Colleen Sullivan-Leonard, is an incumbent on the Wasilla City Council. She’s running unopposed and was rumored to be helping Loren Means’ mayoral bid. Now Diana Straub, who ran Bert Cottle’s last legislative race, is rumored to be mounting a write-in campaign against her, supposedly to force her away from Means’ campaign.
On Friday evening at the Native Vocational Training and Resource Center in Juneau, about 75 – 100 people, largely an Alaska Native crowd, showed at the Walker – Mallott Unity Ticket meet and greet. The event was organized by long time legislative aide Nancy Barnes. Both candidates spoke primarily in platitudes, however, some of the more specific and notable comments included their commitment to recognize and work with tribes, that the lt. governor’s office would actually be housed in the governor’s office, both Walker and Mallott were aligned in supporting the repeal of SB 21, the ticket is opposed to the development of the Pebble mine, and some talk about bringing all parties to the table to talk about balancing revenue and spending (whatever that means). The ticket also alluded cryptically to a new poll that they claimed showed the Walker – Mallott ticket leading Parnell by 5 points.
The poll that Walker and Mallott probably were referring to, showing them up 5 points, is a poll most likely conducted by Harstad Research out of Colorado, a partial copy of which was leaked to me by a political operative who didn’t want to be named. Harstad is a respected polling firm (they were named Pollster of the Year in 2009 by the American Association of Political Consultants). While I don’t know enough about this particular poll to embrace it or be overly critical, there are some aspects I find questionable. But, it’s data worth every penny you paid for it.
A bigger person than I wouldn’t post what I’m about to post. And I intend to be that person, someday. For now, allow me this, please. From an email I received on Friday: “Suddenly I find myself hoping Sarah runs for governor again. I want to get invited to the inaugural brawl.”
Which got me thinking–
Official song of the inaugural brawl:http://youtu.be/VlFZFTEShh4
The inaugural brawl’s motto, from a Sarah Palin Facebook post, written three days after the event: “War is hell. So go big or go home… Charge in, strike hard, get out. Win.”
David M. Rubenstein, husband of Alaska Dispatch News owner Alice Rogoff, has given $5 million to the White House Historical Association In support of the new White House visitor center which opened this weekend. In 2010, he donated $10 million to establish the David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History at Decatur House. Rubenstein has financially supported many other historical maintenance and preservation projects in and around the nation’s capital.
According to Business Insider: Gateway, Alaska, which is supposedly in the Valley, is the most affluent town in Alaska. Except that there is no town in Alaska called Gateway. But there might be, if the pot initiative passes, and it might indeed be the richest town in the state. In any case, it sounds like a perfect place for an inaugural brawl.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee raised $6.1 million in August. That’s the most the NRSC has ever raised in August of an election year. That adds up to $19.9 million cash on hand for the final stretch. The committee has now raised $81 million this election cycle. I get Alaska sees its fair share of the spoils.
Parnell’s new campaign manager, Tom Wright, was spotted downtown Thursday evening at SubZero with his counterpart, Ben Sparks, from the Sullivan for Senate campaign. Tom Wright is a rough-and-tumble good ol boy, commercial fisherman, political guru from the Kenai. Sparks is from Texas, and went to St. John’s College, where they study ancient Greek and read Plutarch and Aristotle, before he worked for Gov. Chris Christie.
Democratic enthusiasm seems to be growing in Fairbanks over Adam Wool’s candidacy against incumbent Republican Rep. Pete Higgins. Wool owns and runs the popular Blue Loon, and with his brother, started Hot Licks Homemade Ice Cream. District 5 isn’t a ruby-red district. It includes Geist, Lakeview, Chena Ridge, University West, Shanly, and Richardson neighborhoods. Word is this legislative seat is turning into a real horse race. The next APOC report should give us more insight. Stay tuned
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