Bill Walker and Byron Mallott are racking up the endorsements. In the last few days, they’ve been endorsed by the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, and the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood Grand Camp. And last night, I’m told, Walker and his wife Donna appeared at a function with Sarah and Todd Palin, who gave them their endorsement. I’ve emailed and called the Walker campaign to confirm, but haven’t heard back. Until I do, here’s the picture that’s floating around the tubes, commemorating the moment. (UPDATE: Just checked my email. Walker’s spokeswoman said she’s working on a release. So I’m taking the question mark down from the headline.)
UPDATE II: Here’s the press release confirming the endorsement:
“Last night my family, along with Byron and Toni Mallott, and our campaign staff attended a reception hosted by Todd and Sarah Palin at their lakeside property in Wasilla. Byron and I are seeing diverse and wide reaching support that spans the state and crosses party lines.”
At the event, Sarah addressed the crowd of approximately 100 guests, stating that she supports Bill and Byron because she “trust[s] them to develop our God-given resources responsibly and to the maximum benefit of Alaskans.”
Walker concluded: “We look forward to a state where Alaskans work together, where politics are set aside in favor of common goals, and where we all experience a renewed determination to serve Alaska first.”
Spokesperson Lindsay Hobson added: “The Unity Ticket has received wide ranging support from across Alaska’s political spectrum. Sarah Palin is the most recent to join a long line of Alaskans eager for an administration that puts Alaska’s interests above all else.
Also notable from the event was the endorsement of three Wasilla mayors, both past and present: Bert Cottle, Vern Rupright, and Sarah Palin.