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Senators stand in respect for Sen. David Wilson’s father

Sen. David Wilson of Wasilla lost his father this weekend and has flown to Southern California to be with his family as they say their goodbyes. He will be away from the state for about two weeks.

Sen. John Coghill of Fairbanks called for a moment of silence on the Senate floor today, in memory of Wilson’s father and in empathy with the family. Coghill lost his own father, Jack Coghill one year ago on Feb. 19. The elder Coghill, former lieutenant governor of Alaska, was 93.

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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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  • My family sends condolences to our Senator. This past year I lost my two fathers. One raised me from age 3. The other was the most stellar grandfather my children could have had. As my family has recently experienced-It’s a heartbreaking time and we will keep you in our prayers.

  • My prayers and support for David as well. Suzanne, the actions by some people that you reported in your e-mail are repugnant.

  • I met David’s father when David was campaigning for his seat. He was a really nice older gentleman so I can understand where David learned to be a good man. I was sorry to hear this and glad that the Senate showed some respect for him. ( I’m also bummed about the nasty email–it’s hard to believe we still have some jerks in our society. But David has done one bad thing according to the left–blacks are not supposed to be conservative!) I’m proud of him!

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