GOP Senate candidate Dan Sullivan announced, not to local publications or in a press conference, or in front of a group of Alaskans, but to the Wall Street Journal, that he’s changed his mind about the minimum wage initiative that will appear on the ballot. From the Journal:
Republican challenger Dan Sullivan said during his primary campaign that he opposes both a federal and a state increase. But Mr. Sullivan now says he plans to vote for Alaska’s ballot measure, which would increase the state’s hourly minimum wage to $9.75 from $7.75, index it to inflation and set Alaska’s wage floor to always be at least $1 more than the federal minimum…A spokesman said Mr. Sullivan shifted his stance because he “had a chance to read the minimum wage initiative” and now believes “Alaskans are better positioned to decide for themselves what the prevailing wage should be in their state.”
Democrats jumped. From Begich’s spokesperson Max Croes:
From the minimum wage to the Violence Against Women Act, Dan Sullivan won’t be honest with Alaskans about what he believes on core issues. Dan Sullivan has always dismissed the needs of Alaska’s working families who would benefit from a increase in the federal minimum wage and his most recent attempt to flip-flop proves he’ll say or do anything in an attempt to deceive Alaskans. Mark Begich knows the importance of paying workers a fair living wage and remains the only candidate in this election that supports raising the minimum wage and equal pay for equal work.
The Alaska AFL-CIO is “appalled” at Sullivan’s switch, which is perhaps a little odd, considering how much they support the minimum wage hike. Here’s AFL-CIO Vince Beltrami:
Sullivan changes positions as often as he changes his residency. His flip-flopping on the minimum wage shows he is willing to say anything to get elected.