“I support him in this fight because this D.C. Beltway thuggery, as exemplified by Lisa Murkowski’s latest threat, is ruining our country”
That is Governor Sarah Palin, from her Facebook page, boldly defending a talk show host who has often spoken against her in the past. What is going on?
First, Senator Murkowski has tried to muddy up the Alaska US Senate race by getting the courts to force the disclosure of the names of “write-in” candidates to the voters when they get to the polls (What kind of silly notion requires that write-in candidates register in the first place!)
Now, when radio talker Dan Fagan did a little stirring up himself of the process by encouraging listeners to get on the ballot too (about a hundred did so, none named Lisa Murkalski I am afraid), Murkowski threatened to bring down the powers of the FEC and FCC on Fagan. Fagan is an afternoon talk show host on KFQD (and looks eerily like a young Rush Limbaugh!). The station, under threat of lawsuit, apparently pulled Fagan off the air, at least until after the election on Tuesday, November 2nd.
Several prominent politicians were at a rally in Anchorage, Alaska, this week to aid Joe Miller, the Republican candidate who won the GOP primary against Murkowski. Speakers included Mike Huckabee, Jim Demint, and Michele Bachmann, as well as Palin.