Jeff Landfield, the young, outspoken 2012 challenger to Alaska state Sen. Lesil McGuire, has begun an effort to draft his friend and fellow outspoken conservative, Rebecca Logan, to run for lieutenant governor against fellow Republicans McGuire and Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan.
Landfield began a “Draft Rebecca Logan for Lieutenant Governor ” Facebook page on Wednesday. As of Thursday evening, it had 34 “likes.” Landfield is doing this because he’s dissatisfied with the current choices for the number 2 spot on the Republican ticket. “The same people keep on being recycled in different offices,” he said. “She’s smart and hard working. She’s a catalyst for the bigger issue.”
Since he started the page, Landfield said that his phone is ringing off the hook.
Logan is the head of the Alaska Support Industry Alliance, a pro-oil industry group. She’s also no stranger to Republican Party politics. In 2012, she was a member of the natural resources committee of the Republican Party, which, at the time, was in the hands of tea party activists. During a meeting of those activists, she brought a resolution to the floor to vote to withhold Republican Party funds to any member of what was then a bipartisan Senate coalition. Republican members included current senators McGuire, Kevin Meyer, Bert Stedman, and Gary Stevens.
Logan also voted on a resolution to censure certain officials of the Republican Party of Alaska, including outgoing chair Randy Ruedrich, former assistant treasurer Frank McQueary, and U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski. The censure for Murkowski was for joining “far left interest groups” and “maliciously attacking” Joe Miller.
Full disclosure: At the same meeting, Logan tried unsuccessfully to get fellow attendees to kick this reporter out of the room, calling me the “opposition.” After she did so, I mustered the courage to call her a name under my breath, which she heard. The name rhymes with snitch.
Former lawmaker Jerry Ward led the successful charge to allow me to stay and report the meeting.
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