Mark Begich told his supporters to “keep your powder dry.” He is probably running for governor.
But for the Sept. 5 fundraiser for the re-election of Gov. Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, there’s a liberal flair on the co-host list that should make Begich nervous: From Walker’s longtime supporters Malcolm and Cindy Roberts, Margy Johnson (of the Alaska Dispatch News) to Juneauite Bruce Botelho, there are also a good number of die-hard Democrats. But it’s telling that very few Republicans signed on to co-host the event, which is probably the best poll out there for Mark Begich: Walker is carving out a piece of the Left. The event is being held at the home of his cabinet level oil adviser, John Hendrix. “No stiletto heels, please,” usually means they will have it under tents out on the expansive lawns behind their Atwood Estate home that is now known as “The Marilaine.”