At a get-out-the-vote rally at the Dena’ina Convention Center on Sunday, only about 50 people showed up to support congressional candidate Sarah Palin, even though she had brought in well-known conservative Sheriff David Clarke, and Palin also plugged in her also-famous Florida boyfriend Ron Duguay into the lineup, after Senate candidate Kelly Tshibaka demurred from being at the rally. (Photo credit: Twitter, “Makeadifferencewillya” account.)
Early versions of the flyers for the rally had Senate candidate Tshibaka on it, but she said weeks ago she could not be there due to a scheduling conflict. The final invitation did not have Tshibaka anywhere on it, but substituted in Duguay:
A mechanical bull was in the hallway. Just not many people to ride it. The room holds over 3,000, and felt absolutely empty, according to one attendee.
Chamber debate: For Monday’s Anchorage Chamber of Commerce debate for congressional candidates, only Nick Begich and Chris Bye have RSVP’d. Sarah Palin isn’t showing up and Mary Peltola is sending a tape.
HIPOW: At the 53rd HIPOW banquet and auction in Fairbanks, the fundraiser for Catholic schools, only Nick Begich showed up in the congressional field. Gov. Mike Dunleavy was also at the fundraiser, which is one of the major social events of the year in Fairbanks.
Kelly Tshibaka, running for Senate, was spotted in Bethel, the Kenai, and Fairbanks at HIPOW. Sen. Lisa Murkowski was also at HIPOW.
Save the date for the Debate for the State: This is “the big debate” with KTUU, on Wednesday Oct. 26, and there’s a debate watch party at 49th State Brewery, starting at 6:30 pm, with the debate starting at 7 pm. It’s a free event to the public sponsored by Americans for Prosperity. Analysis and live televised commentary by Matt Larkin and Ivan Moore. AFP will be providing one drink ticket per person and appetizers.
The Obama-Clinton-Biden link on independent expenditures: “Independent Alaska” filed its forms with the National Association of Broadcasters to show that they will have ads out soon for Mary Peltola for Congress, and those ads will also mention (read: hit hard at) Nick Begich and Sarah Palin. The ads are coming from GMMB.
Who is GMMB? They are the same group that brought us the Clinton White House, Obama White House, and Biden White House. Also, Kamala Harris. Also, Charlie Crist in Florida. And they did the campaign for former Gov. Bill Walker against Mike Dunleavy here in Alaska. Read more about that group here. Get ready for the October bloodbath sponsored by Mary Peltola.
Downing in Daily Caller: Suzanne Downing’s discussion of Sen. Mitch McConnell’s ad campaign against Kelly Tshibaka was in the Daily Caller all weekend as a front-page story. Read it here. The Daily Caller scored on the headline.