For those familiar with Alaskan politics it might look like 1996 all over again. For those who don’t recall, it’s an interesting look into a state political apparatus that is completely controlled by establishment incumbents and the regional media in a pact to assure that Alaska, the final American frontier, will remain a surrogate dependent the federal dole.
This week, Joe Miller and his campaign organization had a very tough decision. How far do you go? How hard do you push? What is the public’s tolerance for truth and the letter of the law? These questions seem to have obvious answers until you dig deeper – until you peek behind the curtain into the incumbent/media complex that has denied Alaska her true voice for decades.
Fourteen years ago David Cuddy staged a primary challenge against the late Senator Ted Stevens for the Republican nomination. Insiders in his campaign saw the raw political muscle of Alaskan incumbent politics – tactics that have once again resurfaced during the nationally observed contest between Joe Miller and Lisa Murkowski.
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First, a look back. Cuddy’s 1996 primary bid almost certainly would have met with success. Under Alaska’s closed primary system, the state Republican Party had full right to nominate candidates through their chosen process. And with a Democratic nominee who served most of the election in an out-of-state federal prison, there was virtually no opposition past the primary. Under Alaskan law, Cuddy would have won the Senate seat.
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