With 64 days to special primary to replace Don Young, congressional candidates are on the move around Alaska
In Fairbanks, a crowd of 200 people gathered at Bobby’s in Downtown, shown in the photo above, to welcome candidate for Congress Nick Begich to their fundraiser for him in the Golden Heart City. He picked up endorsements from well-known Fairbanksians Dick Randolph and Ralph Seekins, and another from incoming Anchorage Assemblyman Randy Sulte. On Friday, he was speaking to a crowd of 100 at the Fairbanks Alaska Outdoor Council.
Josh Revak was also campaigning all week. In a meeting with Eagle River Republican leaders, the state senator on Wednesday explained that he voted against the Permanent Fund dividend because he’s in a purple district in South Anchorage. He spent most of his time talking about his military record before being ushered away by his legislative aide as the questions got spicy. District 22 has already endorsed Nick Begich. Revak heads to Ketchikan on Saturday to campaign at the Friends of the NRA banquet.
Republican Tara Sweeney, who has support from several business leaders, prepared for a Saturday fundraiser in midtown Anchorage, with hosts such as Mead Treadwell, Kara Moriarty, and Jeanine St. John. Sweeney and Revak were co-chairs of Congressman Don Young’s campaign before he died on March 18.
Democrat candidate Chris Constant has gone dead quiet since 47 other candidates jumped in the race. The downtown Anchorage Assemblyman, usually a Twitter warrior, has barely been seen on the platform and has been silent on Facebook since April 1, the deadline for filing, when the field of candidates exploded.
Constant has been overshadowed on his Left by Al Gross, who has endorsements from major Democrats. Gross hasn’t been seen locally much. Instead, he’s raising money from Democrats nationally on Twitter with an ad that says he is neck-and-neck with Sarah Palin in Alaska.
Gross, who lost hid bid for the hospital board in Petersburg after losing for U.S. Senate, says his poll shows that it’s between just the two of them with 18 percent undecided.
These kinds of fundraising pitches may or may not be legitimate in terms of the polling information. To ground-truth these claims, Must Read Alaska has a poll in the field with a reputable national firm and will be reporting on the results.
As for Palin, she is raising money nationally by using her massive social media reach. Palin was to meet with a group of Republicans who support the party with major donations, but the event was canceled because not enough of them said they could show up.
And she’s giving the mainstream media a much-needed lift; since Donald Trump left office, the media has tanked in readership.
The Los Angeles Times wrote about Palin here.
The Anchorage Daily News wrote about Palin here.
The Washington Post chimed in on her here.
NewsMax wrote about Palin here.