About 65 people showed for the fundraiser for gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker and lt. gov. candidate Byron Mallott on Monday night. It wasn’t the usual Dem crowd. These people were a little bit older, a little less enviro, a little bit more stable. A lot more excited. When Mallott gave a speech, he said that one thing that had changed was all the Acuras and Lexuses parked out front. A standout: Sterling Emmal, one side of her hair ashy blond, the other side dark. Stylishly rag-tag, and, as she put it “tortured.” This will be Emmal’s first general election voting experience. She is 18 years old, and she takes her civic duty very seriously. Until a few days before, she was a committed Democrat. She changed her registration to protest the fact that Hollis French is no longer on the ticket. She is a die-hard French supporter, and can’t understand why the party didn’t choose him to top the ticket. She stood up to shake Walker’s hand and to try to figure out if she could vote for him, a Republican. He’s good at these things and he was patient with her but much of what he said didn’t sink in because he spoke in platitudes and she was so nervous. But there was something about him that she liked. Awhile later, after she calmed down, she tried again over the buffet table. They talked about his commitment to education. That worked better. She’s not there yet, but it was something that she could hold on to. “Maybe I could vote for him” she said, and she looked relieved. Among others spotted: Ira Perman, former lt. gov. candidate Bob Williams, Rep. Andy Josephson, former ANGDA guy Scott Heyworth, Bea Rose, Hal and Barbara Gazaway, pollster Jean Craciun, former Teamster boss Mike Kinney, woman-hall-of-famer Eleanor Andrews, and Oscar, the ubiquitous flower peddler.
Last week, I reported that Tom Wright was rumored to be coming aboard the Parnell-Sullivan campaign. Now, it’s official. He’ll be taking over the reigns as campaign manager replacing Jerry Gallagher.
Bill Walker’s campaign manager, Nancy Peterson, will remain in the same position with the Walker-Mallott ticket. Peterson has worked in local government in Valdez and Unalaska.
Megan Alvanna-Stimpfle, AKA “Mega-Megan,” has joined the Dan Sullivan for Senate campaign staff this week as their rural outreach coordinator. Prior to this position, she worked for Sen. Lisa Murkowski.
Former Anchorage Police Department Chief and state Department of Public Safety commissioner Walt Monegan, and retired Anchorage Fire Department Chief Craig Goodrich have agreed to co-chair the repeal effort of Mayor Dan Sullivan’s controversial AO37.
Earlier this week, the Washington Post named Republican Senate candidate Dan Sullivan the “pol” of the week citing that he was one of the best candidates in the country.
Juneau Rep. Sam Kito III has a new campaign manager, Elizabeth Bolling. It’s the third one of this election cycle already, and he doesn’t have much of a competitive race. Rumor has it that he’s in good hands now and that Bolling is the great-great granddaughter of Edith Bolling who was married to President Woodrow Wilson.
The Alaska Support Industry Alliance has endorsed senate candidate Dan Sullivan. It is the first political endorsement that they’ve made in 20 years. The Alliance is an oil, gas and mining trade association with 500 member companies representing 30,000 employees in Alaska.
Political unknown Loren Means, a registered Republican running in the non-partisan race for mayor of Wasilla, seems to be picking up steam. He has been endorsed by the District 7 (Wasilla) Republican committee which came with a check for his campaign in the amount of $1,000.
Hell hath no fury like a Palin family visit: Just when I was about to give up on them, the Gods of gossip came visiting this week, and as they’ve done in the past, they beckoned me to look towards Wasilla, towards the fortress of Our Lady of the North, the woman who was almost a heartbeat away from the presidency, whose family had a dramatic weekend, Wasilla style! As many of us have read, Bristol Palin was visited by a Floridian stalker on Sunday who somehow ended up on the family’s balcony. The stalker currently sits in jail. That’s pretty dramatic. But that’s the least of it. The night before, Saturday, was a doozy. The details are a little sketchy, but there’s enough of them, from enough different sources, that a story emerges, a story that according to the gossip Gods, looks kind of like this: There’s some sort of unofficial birthday/Iron Dog-type/snowmachine party in Anchorage. A nice, mellow party, until the Palins show up. There’s beer, of course, and maybe other things. Which is all fine, but just about the time when some people might have had one too many, a Track Palin stumbles out of a stretch Hummer, and immediately spots an ex-boyfriend of Willow’s. Track isn’t happy with this guy, the story goes. There’s words, and more. The owner of the house gets involved, and he probably wished he hadn’t. At this point, he’s up against nearly the whole Palin tribe: Palin women screaming. Palin men thumping their chests. Word is that Bristol has a particularly strong right hook, which she employed repeatedly, and it’s something to hear when Sarah screams, “Don’t you know who I am!” And it was particularly wonderful when someone in the crowd screamed back, “This isn’t some damned Hillbilly reality show!” No, it’s what happens when the former First Family of Alaska comes knocking. As people were leaving in a cab, Track was seen on the street, shirtless, flipping people off, with Sarah right behind him, and Todd somewhere in the foreground, tending to his bloody nose.
Tiger “burning bright in the forests of the night” Helgelien was appointed by Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan to the Budget Advisory Commission. Helgelien, as some might remember, is married to the former Elizabeth Halseth, who was named one of the hottest politicians in the country by lad mag Maxim, with a bikini photo spread to prove it, when she was a state senator in Nevada, before she quit half-way through her term. Read more about her here, here and here. Helgelien, a golfing pro, has been busy setting himself up for a future in Alaska politics.
The Cook Political Report moved the ratings of the Alaska governor’s race to “likely Republican” from “solid Republican.”
Fifty years ago this week, a political TV ad aired, showing a little girl plucking flower petals, and helped elect Lyndon B. Johnson to the presidency of the United States. Watch the 60-second ad that revolutionized paid political advertising here.
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