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One new name is Alan Wilson. He is not a registered Democrat – so he isn’t even qualified to serve as an officer for the Juneau Democrats, much less a senator. He is a former president of the Alaska State Home Building Association, an anti-union organization.
According to APOC (Alaska Public Offices Commission), Wilson has contributed exactly twice to political campaigns. In 2006, he gave $50 to Republican Candidate Sarah Palin. In 2008, Wilson donated $50 to Republican Cathy Munoz in a contentious race against incumbent Democrat Andrea Doll. Munoz won.
Rep. Cathy Munoz, R-Juneau, who was in Tenakee Springs when she heard the news Friday, said relations with the governor should improve under Parnell. "I think he's going to be very good," she said. "I think there is going to be a net gain in relations with the Legislature.
Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, said he met with Palin for 45 minutes in Anchorage Wednesday before traveling to Juneau Thursday, and she gave no indication she intended to resign.
"I'm as surprised as all Alaskans by Gov. Palin's decision to step down with nearly two years left in her term," Begich said.
Even more surprised may have been Republican pollster Dave Dittman, who was quoted Thursday in the Christian Science Monitor predicting Palin would not only run for re-election, but win easily.
He was by no means alone, though. Conservatives4palin.com blogger Tim Lindell said, "None of us saw it coming and we're the most dedicated political junkies you will find anywhere. It took our breath away."
Juneau Republican Party Chair Ben Brown, who described himself as a "huge fan of Sarah, personally," said stepping down as governor could be a strategic move to run for president in 2012.
"It makes it easier to have an exploratory committee than if she'd remained as governor," he said. "It's difficult in this day and age to be a working governor and run for president."