Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Pierce told an audience at the gubernatorial forum Tuesday to “rank the red.” It was a classy highlight to an otherwise predictable forum, the first that had all four finalists for the Nov. 8 governor’s race.
Rank the red means that people should vote for the Republicans, and it’s a message Republican leaders are trying to get spread far and wide, so that Republicans have a chance to beat the Ranked Choice Voting ballot that many see is an election system rigged by Democrats against the GOP.
The 30-day reports from candidates, filed at the Alaska Public Offices Commission, show that Gov. Mike Dunleavy has raised more than $600,000 during the latest filing period, Aug. 7-Oct. 7. Democrat Les Gara raised $400,000, and no-party Bill Walker raised $460,000. Charlie Pierce raised $8,000, but has $24,000 in campaign expenses.
Palin spotted in New York: In the final stretch, most candidates are hitting the trail hard. But not Sarah Palin. She was spotted on Fox and Friends and on a date at a hockey game with new beau Ron Duguay at Madison Square Gardens. Palin is taking a break from campaigning to enjoy life in Big Apple. Twenty-seven days to go.
Nick Begich: Nick Begich for Congress still working the campaign trail hard and was in Chugiak at a meet-and-greet on Monday. On Tuesday, he spotted at a fundraiser for Tom McKay and Mia Costello, and Wednesday is heading to the Petroleum Club for a fundraiser for Laddie Shaw. He has over 100 co-sponsors for his birthday fundraiser next week. Details to come on that, but first he has a young Republican event and a meet-and-greet with the Filipino community this weekend.
Mary Peltola: The congresswoman was in Sitka for Indigenous People’s Day and has an AFL-CIO video linking her with Don Young, even though she has not been spotted at a Don Young campaign event for years. It’s ironic, since one of her biggest and earliest endorsements was Alyce Galvin, who challenged Don Young twice.