Monday, July 4, 2022

The race for Alaska’s US House seat is taking shape

JUNEAU, Alaska ( Associated Press) — The race for Alaska’s U.S. House seat is shaping up, with Republican Sarah Palin returning to elected office 13 years after resigning as governor and two of her rivals, Republican Nick Begich and independent Al Gross. tried. To portray her run as insensitive and self-serving.

Democrat Mary Peltola, the fourth candidate, said negative publicity and “degrading each other” is the “worst part” of American politics. She said she hopes the race’s next phase, an August special election featuring preference voting, will help discourage her.

Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, referred to Begich and Gross as “stupid boys” for taking “pot shots”.

Palin, Begich, Gross and Peltola – in that order – were the most voted among 48 candidates in last week’s special primary. The election was the first under a voter-approved system that eliminates party primaries and places institutions in the general election by choice voting.

Advance to four special elections. The winner of that contest will serve the remaining Republican Representative Don Young’s term, which ends in January. Young, who died in March, held the seat for 49 years.

Palin attributed her decision to resign in 2009 to an onslaught of record requests and ethics complaints, which she said were frivolous and had become time-consuming and distracting. She said she “did the right thing.”

After resigning, Palin largely stayed away from Alaska politics. But he is a household name. She has written books, appeared on reality television and conservative media programs and promoted her work on Cameo, a site where people can purchase personalized video messages from celebrities. In this race, he was supported by former President Donald Trump.

She notes her experience in state and local government. She also said that she considers Young a friend and does not run against him.

Begich, the co-chair of Young’s 2020 election campaign, ran for the House seat for the last time, saying Alaska “needs new energy.”

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The businessman narrates about his personal sector experience. He also said that he sees it as a race between him and Palin, whom he said is “essentially a human hallmark card making a living out of celebrity video.”

He said, “At a time when our country is facing serious challenges and even crises, it is important that we send such people to DC who break not only the remembered rhetoric but the real There are deep thinkers with the ability to solve the world’s problems.”

Begich said he expects Palin to take part in more stages during this phase of the race.

Gross said on social media that he “will always fight for the people of Alaska — unlike my rival Sarah Palin, who left the people of Alaska as governor and chose money and fame over hard work.”

Gross campaign consultant David Keith said Gross is comfortable running a “contrast campaign” with all the candidates.

Keith said, “I don’t think we’ve done anything, and I don’t think anything we’ve done can be considered bad.”

Keith said this is a “serious time” that calls for serious conversation.

Gross, an orthopedic surgeon, ran for the US Senate in 2020 with the support of state Democrats.

But in the House Special Primary, Alaska Democratic Party leaders urged voters to choose from six Democrats running.

The party referred to Gross as “pandering” in a social media post, as Gross had committed not to be careful with Democrats when elected in a newspaper interview. Gross later said he would.

Keith referred to the post as a “juvenile act” and said that the traditional party structure was broken.

Peltola, while on the run, has been on sabbatical from her job as executive director of a commission aimed at rebuilding salmon resources on the Kuskokwim River. She served five terms in the Alaska House and cited her experience in elected office and public policy.

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Peltola, who is Yupik, said that it is possible to make a difference in a divided Congress “from a place of love, by participating in the discussion and participating in the discussion. And I know that sounds ludicrous, and dismiss it.” It’s simple. It’s the yuppy teaching that, to be productive and successful, you have to face your challenges from a place of love.”

“Certainly when you’re getting into a very emotionally charged discussion, you can’t show everyone around the table a list of demands by seeing them as your enemy,” she said. Peltola said he learned this as a legislator.

She said she has been impressed by the number of Alaskans she has spoken to who have said their main concern is “the preservation of democracy, civilization, dignity.”

The US House Special Committee is hearing the rebellion at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Palin said Trump “did not incite violence.” He called the people who stormed the Capitol “idiots”.

“Congress really needs to focus on the needs of today’s Americans,” Begich said, citing inflation and other economic issues. He said he’s been hearing from “people who don’t have the ability to fully fill their (gas) tanks, people who are making tough choices about what to put on the table, whether their kids are going to have new ones.” Find clothes. These are starting to become very difficult problems for everyday Alaskans.”

Gross was not immediately available for an interview.

Peltola said he does not think the country has collectively moved on from the Capitol riots.

“I think it’s important to call a rebellion a rebellion and that’s part of the way we work through it,” she said. “I think we have a long way to go in bringing people together.”

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