Anchorage mayoral candidate Dan Coffey shot back at Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell on Wednesday in an email, printed below, over “falsely representing” Coffey’s views on repealing AO 37, the controversial labor law that will be on the ballot in Anchorage in November. In an interview with Nat Herz at the ADN, Treadwell said Coffey has “thrown his lot down with the repeal movement” and has therefore lost the conservative base. It was in response to a question about Treadwell’s own interest in running for mayor, and his own appeal to the conservative base.
Coffey, who has said in the past that he supported a compromise bill, does not support repealing the law, he said, and scolds Treadwell for not first asking him about his position before he spoke to the media. Here’s the email in full:
I read with some interest your comment in the Alaska Dispatch to the effect that I support the repeal of AO 37. Where you got that idea is beyond me. I called you this morning to talk about your statement, but as I draft this E mail at 3:00 in the afternoon, I have not heard back from you. Hence this E mail.
To be absolutely clear, I do NOT support the repeal of AO 37. In fact, I have supported and contributed to the effort to support AO 37. Your claim is simply not true.
In the future, I would appreciate it if you would ask me directly and personally what my position on any issue might be. I will certainly extend you that courtesy should you elect to run for Mayor and frankly, I expect the same consideration from you in the future.
We do not advance the public interest by falsely representing another candidate’s position on a public issue.