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First Day of GOP Convention has Sean Parnell as speaker

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NO, NOT THAT SEAN PARNELL

Alaskans tuning into the Republican National Convention on Monday will see a lineup of speakers that includes several familiar names.

One of those names is Sean Parnell. But it’s not the former Alaska governor who will be headlining during the “Land of the Promise” theme that day. It’s the candidate for Congress from Pennsylvania.

The list of speakers on Monday is a conservative’s dream lineup:

Tim Scott, US Senator for South Carolina

Steve Scalise, US House of Representatives Minority Whip and representative for Louisiana’s 1st congressional district

Matt Gaetz, US Representative for Florida’s 1st congressional district 

Jim Jordan, US Representative for Ohio’s 4th congressional district

Nikki Haley, diplomat, businesswoman, and author who was the 116th governor of South Carolina and the 29th United States ambassador to the United Nations 

Ronna McDaniel, Chair of the Republican National Committee.

Vernon Jones, a Democrat from Georgia, where he was chief executive officer of Dekalb County and served in the Georgia House of Representatives

Amy Johnson Ford, a family nurse practitioner in rural Virginia

Kimberly Guilfoyle, attorney and television news personality who co-hosted The Five on Fox News. Former prosecuting attorney in San Francisco and Los Angeles, former Assistant DA of San Francisco.

Natalie Harp, Advisory board member for Donald J. Trump for President

Charlie Kirk, founder and CEO of Turning Point USA, a conservative college organization 

Kim Klacik, Republican House of Representatives candidate for Maryland District #7

Mark & Patricia McCloskey, the couple who brandished firearms and defended their homes from a mob that had stormed the gates of their private community.

Sean Parnell, retired Army infantry captain with the Elite 10th Mountain Division and veteran of 485 days of fierce combat on the Afghan-Pakistan border, and a Pennsylvania 17th Congressional District candidate

Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow was killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre

Donald Trump, Jr., son of the president

Tanya Weinreis, coffee shop owner from Montana, her shop was the first small business in Montana to qualify for a PPP loan

During the day,  336 delegates will convene in Charlotte, conduct the roll call vote and formally renominate President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence for the party’s presidential ticket.

Trump will accept the nomination from the South Lawn of the White House on Thursday. He is planning to take part in all four nights of the convention.

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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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  • Thanks for this article, Suzanne. It reminds me of when former Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Jim Whitaker, a supposed Republican at the time, spoke at the DNC Convention in support of Barak Obama in 2012. Where do these turncoats and frauds come from? Is it money that drives them to switch allegiances? Or, do they imagine themselves to be key players in history and drivers in major turns of events? BTW, Whitaker went on to become Gov. Bill Walker’s first Chief of Staff in 2014, after he and his wife went through multiple bankruptcies in Fairbanks. Whitaker abruptly resigned from serving Walker and now lives in a town north of Phoenix. He and his wife have departed Alaska for good, as do most politicians who seek refuge from their past. I bet he knows where the bodies lay hidden and where the skeletons are hung in cloistered closets in Alaska.

    • Scott Kendall became successor to Jim Whitaker as Walker’s chief of staff. Kendall then went on to become a defender of Byron Mallott and later to lead the recall against Dunleavy. Bill Walker. Jim Whitaker. Scott Kendall. How do these creepy Democrats live with themselves? They all run off and hide after they become big losers.

  • That’s good. I like Sean. I had the chance to meet him and drive him a few years back. Just remember that Trump used to be a Democrat and Hillary used to be a Republican so I’m not sure why Trump changed parties did Hillary went to college and got brainwashed and got trapped into the hippie movement. also has anyone noticed that she’s losing her hair? That chick’s going bald.

  • I would ask Capt Parnell to explain precisely why US Taxpayers paid for him to fight fiercely for 485 days on the Pakistani-Afghani border? I am seeking a precise explanation rather than a platitude answer like “our freedom.” Can anyone give a precise (yet concise) answer?

    • Wayne, you are not a military man are you? You want a mere Captain to explain to you why the politician decided that this was a worth while endeavor. Maybe a inquiry to Bush/Obama would be more fruitful. Also a little respect on your part, for the man’s sacrifice of being away from his loved ones, putting his life on the line would be most appreciated.

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