TRYING TO REVERSE THE RESULTS OF THE ELECTION IN THE HEART OF DUNLEAVY COUNTRY
The Recall Dunleavy group will be out and about on Saturday at the Alaska State Fair Parade in Palmer, with a parade entry that will march right by the governor, who is being seated as a guest of honor on the grandstand. The parade begins at 11 am.
It could be awkward as they attempt to gather recall signatures to reverse the election results while the governor looks on.
A separate grassroots group, catching wind of the recall group parade entry, plans to gather as well, wearing their Dunleavy support shirts and hats, across from the grandstands and throughout the spectator areas.
The pro-Dunleavy folks will be getting their seats and spots near the grandstand at 10 am and said they welcome supporters. The group, which has no name, was getting a couple dozen “Dunleavy – The People’s Governor” shirts printed on Friday but said supporters of the governor should dig out their old Dunleavy shirts and hats and come prepared to show support.
“We need for a LOT of people to show up in Dunleavy T-shirts and hats to surround the grandstands and keep them [the recall group] at bay,” wrote Judy Eledge, president of the Anchorage Republican Women’s Club.
The recall group also has a booth at the fair staffed by three volunteers and has people wandering the lanes in “recall” t-shirts, possibly trying to gather signatures on the recall application. But on Friday the recall booth was a lonely spot, with few visitors. One passerby noticed it and remarked, “Well that is (F-expletive) ridiculous.”
The recall group already has enough to submit the application to the Division of Elections but wants to keep gathering signatures. It is a form of data mining for the next general election cycle, if nothing else.
But over at the Mat-Su Republican women’s Club on the Purple Trail at the Denali Trail, Dunleavy supporters have a letter of support that people can sign. They are taking a more low-key approach at this point.
At the Mat-Su Democrats booth, there was no recall paraphernalia, and no one was stopping to chat.