Monday, June 9, 2008

Begich ahead!

The unbeatable just might be beatable! Mayor Mark Begich (D) of Anchorage is polling at 51% over Sen. Ted Stevens (R) at 44%. Not so long ago, Stevens barely even campaigned in a state that would never vote for anyone else. Alaska has voted him in for 40 straight years.

Alaska Natives generally vote Democrat, but have had a long history of voting for Stevens because of how much he’s done for Native people. While I disagree with just about everything else he does, his advocacy for Alaska Native issues has many I work with a tad concerned. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard, “Well, I think we should have a new senator, but what happens if he leaves?”

All that being said, bring on Begich!

He’s shown himself to be good with Native issues, as well as many others, and pretty practical. Under his wing, even the White House recognized Anchorage as a “Preserve America” community – mainly for the efforts to promote and educate about the local Dena’ina Athabascan heritage. I think there’s still much for him to prove, but he hasn’t given me any reason to doubt he’ll step up to the plate once on a national stage.


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