An Alaskan Political Story You Haven't Heard Yet

Well, our WIBW tour group is back in the lower 48 after our trip to Alaska, and so is their Governor, Sarah Palin.  I'm sure Alaskans would tell us "that's exactly how she is.." after her successful speech last night.  She is extremely popular there, and lots of them like they way she's told some of the long-time Washington politicians (namely Senator Ted Stevens) that they should come clean with the public on their dealings with the Veco Corporation, the oil field services corporation that may have provided Stevens and Alaska's lone congressman, Don Young, with gifts and sweetheart deals.

There's a funny (meaning strange) story that you haven't heard about from Juneau and beyond.  It started on election day last week, when Sarah's Lt. Governor, Jim Parnell, came just 152 votes short of beating Congressman Young in the primary.  That race will go to a recount.  Now think about this.  Let's say the McCain-Palin ticket wins in November, and the recount shows that in a time of reform, Lt. Gov. Parnell wins his primary and wins the November election, too.  If Sarah Palin leaves the Governor's office for Washington, Jim Parnell would assume the office of Governor of Alaska.  If he's the winner in the Congressional race over Don Young, Parnell's going to Washington, too!  Then who would be the guv?? 

Check this out.   If Senator Stevens is convicted of his Veco corruption charges and is forced out of office.. whoever's Governor would have to name his replacement.  The plot thickens!

I've been trying to log on to the newspaper I liked to read during our trip, the Anchorage Daily News, to find out the results of that Parnell-Young race.  But of course, all the ink has gone to the Palin stories (and a lot about Mario Chalmers, too.) 

Jim Parnell's promising future is something I'd like to keep an eye on.    RH

(Watch for the videos of Ralph's trip to Alaska coming soon to the wibw.com home page!)

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