The release below just came from Mark Begich’s campaign, which claims that Senate candidate Dan Sullivan’s campaign was involved in an “orchestrated attempt to deliver Alaska’s U.S. Senate seat for Dan Sullivan,” by getting Vic Kohring to drop his bid as Alaska Independent Party’s Senate candidate.
It might even be true, but given recent events, it’s a startling charge. It comes on the heels of Begich’s people being highly active in getting Democratic Party leaders to nullify a gubernatorial state primary election, in order to put a Republican on the top of the ticket for the first time in history. Why did Begich want this? For one, it plays nicely into his theme about party affiliation mattering less than doing what’s right for Alaska, and is music to the ears of independent voters. It has the potential to breathe life into what was a listless campaign. Continue reading
And, most importantly, it draws unions into the race in order to flay Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan, who is despised by them, and who’s running as Gov. Sean Parnell’s lieutenant governor, and who happens to have the same name as the Dan Sullivan who’s running against Begich for Senate. Confused? It’s politics, Alaska style. Kettles are calling pots black and orchestras are tuning up all across the state. Here’s the Begich release: