Pebble Mine, electronic monitoring, climate change, the Magnuson Stevens Act, subsistence, oil and gas development in Bristol Bay, quotas, CDQs–were just a few of the subjects that the Senate candidates wrangled with on Wednesday night at the fisheries debate in Kodiak, an island 250 miles south of Anchorage, and a place where such subjects are regularly discussed at coffee shops and bars. This was obviously Sen. Mark Begich’s crowd. For the past three years, he’s chaired a key fisheries committee in the Senate, and is much more conversant on the subject than is his challenger Dan Sullivan, whose knowledge of fisheries has in the past seemed spotty. Begich won the night, and his supporters won the twitter war. But though he appeared unsure of some issues, and fell back too often on the “federal overreach” meme, Sullivan proved that he could hold his own. Of the seven debates and forums scheduled before Election Day, this will likely be Sullivan’s toughest.
Here are some tweets from the event:
Did anyone except DC flacks tweet for Sullivan tonight? #aksen
— Alaska Democrats (@AlaskaDemocrats) October 2, 2014
Sullivan held his own in this debate, but vague answers on climate, Pebble and oil & gas exploration in Bristol Bay are troubling. #aksen
— Scott Coughlin (@BeringFisherman) October 2, 2014
— Ben Sparks (@BenjaminSparks) October 2, 2014