Margaret Stock says the party is too conservative. Or too liberal. Or too something.
Whatever it is, she wants nothing to do with it, so she is running as an independent candidate for U.S. Senate, against incumbent, Alaska’s senior Senator Lisa Murkowski.
It would have been a heck of a lot easier if she had just filed a petition to get on the ballot in November, but no…she felt she needed to self-identify as a Democrat.
Stock also says she’ll caucus with whoever will have her, and that’s become evident from the agenda for the upcoming Alaska Democratic Convention, taking place Friday and Saturday in Anchorage.
Stock is the speaker right before the keynote address by DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who will no doubt electrify her audience on Saturday at 8 pm. Wasserman has her own brand of vitriol and is a divisive figure in her party.
Stock, running for U.S. Senate as a likely Democrat, has raised nearly $270,000 in six weeks, according to FEC filings.
The low-level immigration attorney could only have raised that much money that fast with the help of Mark Begich’s fundraising machine, say those close to the campaign. “It’s been a Godsend,” according to one source.
Unconfirmed rumors are circulating that Jane Sanders, wife of Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders, may pop back up to Alaska to rally the protest against the Alaska Democrats. Some 81 percent of voters in the Democrats’ March caucus voted for Bernie. And they are not going to suddenly change their minds and support Hillary Clinton.
Hillary, if yard signs and bumper stickers are any measure, has no support in Alaska beyond the handful of super-delegates who run the Democratic Party.