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2022 could be interesting

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THE ANCHORAGE DAILY PLANET

It is with more than passing interest we note former Gov. Bill Walker is weighing a reelection bid in 2022.

Walker, a Republican-cum-independent-cum-undeclared-cum-independent and strict adherent of a government-as-religion philosophy, made his living as a lawyer largely by suing oil companies. He ran as a “fusion” candidate in 2014 with Democrat Byron Mallott, who died in May last year.

Walker says he will decide whether to run sometime after the Legislature goes home.

If he decides to run, it will be, to be kind, interesting. He was elected in 2014. In his tenure, he appointed his law partner attorney general, proposed a payroll tax that was dead on arrival in the Legislature and vetoed half the 2016 Permanent Fund dividend. He championed the Alaska LNG Project and balked at cutting government’s size.

Add to that, lingering questions about Mallott’s abrupt departure after allegations he made inappropriate comments to a female acquaintance, which effectively sank Walker’s ill-fated 2018 reelection campaign.

With all that, you have the makings of an interesting race. We wait with bated breath.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • AND!!! … What election year isn’t interesting? What is interesting, shocking and disappointing is the lack of integrity, honor, moral compass that becomes evident after individuals are elected.
    No wonder politicians aren’t trusted and despised.

  • Lesson 1:
    Walker lost because he vetoed the Dividend to half the statuary amount. That was the one thing he did right and I gained some respect for him. Then he started trying to get an income tax and I lost all respect for him.
    Lesson 2: Dunleavy won because he promised a full statutory Dividend forever and back Dividends to boot. Of course I knew it was complete BS and I told him so at the State Fair. I voted for him anyway because his last name wasn’t Begich. Now, things have turned out even worse than I imagined back then. If only he would have listened to what I told him.
    I would normally say I could still help him turn it around but its probably too late. He has painted himself into the corner.
    If I knew then what I know now….I still would never vote for Begich. Probably write my own name on the ballot…LOL

  • Considering how weak Dunleavy is, why not? Ethan screwed his chance, Lora has gone insane, and Begich lurks in the wings.

    He may actually have a chance.

  • Elections without Integrity – yeah, right. Sullivan and R’s should be working on it. Sullivan is doing almost nothing. Don Young, on the other hand, is Rockin’.

  • Walker destroyed Alaska’s economy with his idiotic LNG never to be possible pipe dream and the medicaid expansion, which is completely unsustainable. There are some people that just need to go away.

  • Somebody call Valdez! Their village idiot is on the loose again!

  • He would have sold us out to the Chinese mobsters, if other things hadn’t intervened. The Chinese wasn’t just looking for just oil, they were after our land in our state, AK, country and dominate America, as we soon learned from this past election..

  • Walker was and is bad for the state and the people, he will never be elected to anything, no matter how much Alaska News Monopoly tried to help him.

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