Local realtors, smarting over the fact that the National Realtors PAC is supporting Sen. Mark Begich, had a fundraiser for GOP Senate candidate Dan Sullivan on Thursday night that drew about 75 people. Sen. Lisa Murkowski showed and reportedly gave a rousing speech. The hosts included Michael Droege, Bob Baer, the recent named Realtor of the Year in Anchorage, and Buddy Bailey of Bailey’s Furniture fame, sans basketball. Others spotted: Dan Wolf, Mike Mosesian, Gabe Stephan, state Sen. Lesil McGuire, Kevin Sweeney, Frank McQueary and a gaggle of real estate agents.
With just a little over a week to go until Election Day, many candidates are at each other’s throats. Not so with Fairbanks candidates in Senate District C. The incumbent Republican candidate Sen. Click Bishop was seen having lunch on Friday at the Lucky Wishbone Restaurant in Anchorage with his Democratic opponent Dorothy Shockley who is also a cousin to Bishop’s wife. Others seen at The Bone during the same lunch hour: Barrow resident and former ASRC executive Oliver Leavitt and, DOA commissioner Curtis Thayer and his son Matthew.
From the grumbly and disgruntled: Did an APOC commissioner really move to North Carolina and is still serving on the Commission? Is the state going to have to pay for the travel?
Is peace in the Middle East at hand? Don’t count on it. Rev. Jerry Prevo and a group of about 50 Anchorage Baptist Temple parishioners are in Israel this week.
Sen. Mark Begich has been racking up the endorsements: The powerful Alaska Federation of Natives endorsed him on Saturday, and on Sunday, so did the Fairbanks News-Miner. Challenger Sullivan picked up one of his own this week. He got the endorsement from Democratic state Sen. Lyman Hoffman, from Bethel. Hoffman is well-liked and known as one of the shrewdest and most cunning politicians in the state. I’d love to know the back story to this cross-party endorsement .
Speaking of Democrats endorsing Republicans, word is that another significant Democratic endorsement is coming early this week to a statewide Republican candidate. Stay tuned.
Did anyone notice that the Lisa Murkowski ad endorsing Don Young disappeared this week? Word is that Lisa was aggravated with Don’s insensitive remarks before an assembly of students at Wasilla High School. Now there is an apology letter, a radio ad from his campaign explaining it and, yes, another kind of sort of incident.
Speaking of ads appearing and disappearing earlier this week, Begich’s controversial Hortonesque-style Jerry Active ad reappeared to everyone’s surprise on KTVA Channel 11. Both Sullivan’s and Begich’s campaign were outraged and pointing fingers. It wasn’t meant to air; simply put, it was a trafficking error by KTVA. An interesting and ironic note: The ad first was scheduled to play over the Labor Day weekend. However, KTVA made a trafficking error then as well, and played it early, allowing a brouhaha before the holiday started, which resulted in some negative press and an admonishment of the Begich campaign by the victim’s family lawyer before being removed from the air.
Ever since my story appeared about First Lady Sandy Parnell, people have been wanting to know who cuts her hair. The answer: When she’s in Juneau, she goes to Kathleen Donohoe at First Impressions Hair Salon. When she’s in Anchorage, she trusts Deanna Pruhs with the scissors. Who wouldn’t? Pruhs is considered one of the best stylists in the state and is said to be tough to get an appointment with.
On Saturday, AFN elected Tanana Chief Conference’s Jerry Issac, to join Ana Hoffman of the Bethel Native Corp., as co-chair of the statewide organization. Issac defeated incumbent Tara Sweeney with ASRC in a very close vote. AFN also voted to endorse Mark Begich for Senate, the Walker – Mallott gubernatorial ticket, and opposed the initiative to legalize pot. Some are wondering if Sweeney lost her co-chair position at AFN because of her public support for Dan Sullivan’s senate bid.
And while Alaska Native politics were in full force elsewhere on Saturday, Sen. Anna Fairclough and her (yes! she got married) husband, John McKinnon, celebrated their marriage with friends and family at a reception at the Hotel Captain Cook.
The annual AFN banquet was also held Saturday evening at the Dena’ina Center. As always, it was a sold-out function. Governor Parnell and his wife were the guests of NSB Mayor Charlotte Brower and her husband Eugene, Also at the table were Jake and Lucile Adams, Rep. Ben Nageak, Andy Baker and the governor’s rural affairs advisor John Moller. Sen. Mark Begich and wife Deborah sat with, and were the guests of, AFN president Julie Kitka. GOP senate hopeful Dan Sullivan and his wife Julie sat with ASRC chair Crawford Patkotak and his wife Laura, Sen. Lisa Murkowski and husband Vern, Oliver Leavitt and wife Annie. Unity ticket gubernatorial candidates Bill Walker and Byron Mallott sat with their wives, Donna and Toni, and family members, which took up two tables.
Don’t miss “Lame Ducks and Dark Horses” playing at the Triumvirate Theatre just north of Kenai. The community theater troupe is said to be really good at reality political theater, perhaps because they have so much to work with. Sen. Peter Micciche has a cameo role starring as a pizza delivery man, who delivers a pizza to the Palin family house just after one of their infamous brawls. Does Bristol punch him in the face? Does Track approach shirtless? Does Palin scream at him, “Do you know who I am?” Find out for yourself. The last two shows are Friday, October 31st and Saturday, November 1st.
This meow from House candidate Patti Higgins’ campaign manager:
Speaking of antics: Did anybody really believe that this incident wouldn’t pop up (or out) again? This ad recently seen on the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner’s website:
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