A group of activists supporting David Eastman have encountered a setback: Their ambush recall effort against challenger Jesse Sumner has been rejected by the Borough Clerk, on advice of outside counsel. Sumner serves on the Mat-Su Borough Assembly and last week a band of Eastman supporters tried to start a recall against him.
Outside counsel said none of the complaints made by the group had anything to do with his office in Assembly.
Sumner is running for House District 10, Wasilla and would have to step down from his seat on the Assembly if he wins.
The recall effort was launched by John Nelson, who himself is a candidate for U.S. House and who is a supporter of Eastman.
But the petition was thinly veiled campaign tactic against Sumner, and is a possible violation of campaign finance laws, according to MRAK sources.
The novel approach at campaigning could draw a penalty from the Alaska Public Offices Commission since John Nelson is an experienced candidate and his collaborators have also been involved in campaigning for years. APOC penalizes experienced campaigners more than novices and it would be hard to characterize Nelson as a novice. But someone would have to file a complaint.
Early voting began in Alaska today and ends on Primary Election Day, Aug. 18.