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Alaskans heading to White House for Christmas

Bob Gillam

Alaska businessman Bob Gillam, who is considering running for Alaska governor, has accepted an invitation to a White House Christmas party and will head to D.C. on Tuesday for the festivities with the Trump family. Gillam said it’s a small gathering of about 150 people.

Gillam is the founder of McKinley Capital Management, an Anchorage-based institutional investor that oversees more than $7 billion in assets.

This fall, he was invited to the President and First Lady’s Florida estate, the landmark resort Mar-a-Lago, where he spent a couple of days. It was his second trip.

Tuckerman Babcock

Alaska Republican Party Chairman Tuckerman Babcock is also heading to DC, where he will be attending the Naval Observatory’s Christmas party on Tuesday, and he and his wife Kristie will attend a White House Christmas party on Thursday.


On Jan. 6, Alaska Republicans will host a first-anniversary gala celebrating the 45th presidency.

Last year, Bob Gillam was the keynote speaker and businessman Scott Hawkins, now a gubernatorial candidate, was the emcee.

This year Mark Hamilton, executive vice president of external affairs for the Pebble Partnership, will be the keynote, and radio personality Rick Rydell is the auctioneer. Tickets are selling fast, according to organizers.

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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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