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Dunleavy Fathers Day video will get you in the ‘feels’


Hallmark Cards couldn’t have done it better.

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In a 90-second video for Fathers Day, candidate Mike Dunleavy drives a tractor while his daughters talk about being homeschooled and competing in sports, and his wife, Rose, brings out a family photo album to reminisce.

The candidate for governor hardly says a word in the ad, but the viewer gets to see his family talking about him in the way that kids talk about their dads. There’s also a cameo appearance by the family dog, but not the kind you might expect.

Getting all three Dunleavy daughters in the video was harder than it looks. They all work at Red Dog Mine this summer, and are on two-week shifts, rarely at the same time.

It’s the first time Dunleavy has had his family so prominently included in a campaign message — although the political content is nil, and the “feels” quotient is high.



Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing
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.


  1. I’m not altogether sure what all this means but I was waiting for some business people at an outdoor restaurant in Juneau, and I happened to read this and watch the video on my laptop. A busted up old fellow wearing a hickory shirt and blue jeans cut off just below his knees hobbled by. He looked over my shoulder to see the video. He offered me tobacco in a little round can, which I refused. He was waiting for dinner at the Glory Hole, our local soup kitchen. He said he was very thirsty so I gave him a twenty dollar bill to buy a bottle. He said, “That scissorbill riding that tractor knows the whistles all right but I hope those girls learn how to run a grease gun up at that mine so they can teach him how to grease the tractor.” This may mean something to somebody so I am passing it along. As he headed to buy the bottle he said a schoolmarm knocked his hard hat in the creek 20 years ago. Anyone know what that meant?

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