Will Alaska Voters Allow Another Candidate to Buy an Election?


Bad Judgment Personified: Senator Mike Dunleavy (Photo by Anchorage Dispatch News)

Bad Judgment Personified: Senator Mike Dunleavy (Photo by Anchorage Dispatch News)

Dermot Cole wrote an excellent essay recently on Mike Dunleavy’s efforts to buy the Alaska governorship. Dunleavy is a Republican candidate and Cole documents the very large contributions to his political action committee. Donors include his brother, the ethically challenged Francis Dunleavy. Francis Dunleavy escaped indictment when JP Morgan got caught fixing electrical rates; Francis was the head of the business unit that got caught. JP Morgan paid serious penalties and reimbursements. Francis has pledged a cool quarter million bucks to his brother’s election.

Alaskans have heard this song before.

There was John Lindauer, whose wife tried to buy him the governorship of Alaska.

There was Dan Sullivan, whose Ohio family bought him the junior U.S. Senate seat from Alaska.

Lindauer left in disgrace. Sullivan has been a big nothingburger in the U.S. Senate. The kindest thing you can say is that he is a reliable, conservative, Republican vote. A Koch Brothers vote. Which, for WC, is damning with faint praise. In fact, it’s very hard to find an occasion when he didn’t vote the Koch Brothers line.

Does Alaska need to do this again? Seriously?

In the state senate, Dunleavy has been the problem, not a solution. Does Alaska need that in the governorship?

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