Dems Smack Alaska GOP Senate Victor With Attack Ad Barrage

Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 02:22 PM

By Andrea Billups

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Democrats, fearing losing control in the U.S. Senate, have quickly gone after a GOP candidate from Alaska on the heels of his primary win.

Dan Sullivan is attacked in new ads from the Democratic Super PAC "Put Alaska First," sponsored by supporters of his opponent, Sen. Mark Begich, whom many see as among the nation's most vulnerable incumbents, Roll Call reported.

In the campaign ads, the Democrats call out Ohio native Sullivan for having little roots in Alaska, as well as his involvement in a divisive mining project there that is expected to draw plenty of voters to the polls in November.

Sullivan won his primary bid decisively over tea party favorite Joe Miller, a 2010 Senate nominee, and Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, noted The Washington Post of the race where Sullivan saw support from powerful Republican interests including the Club for Growth and Karl Rove.

Sullivan seemed ready for battle in the general election as Republicans put their hopes on contests like his.

"I look forward to painting a clear contrast between Mark Begich's inability to move our state forward and my vision for a brighter and better Alaska," he said.

Interest in the state and the Senate race is high, with more than 31,000 political ads hitting its airways already, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Sullivan, 49 and a Harvard grad, worked in the administration of former President George W. Bush. He has served as Alaska's attorney general under former Gov. Sarah Palin, and as the state's Department of Natural Resources commissioner. He is also a Lt. Col. in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, marking a 20-year career that included a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

As Sullivan's profile rises, Begich is pushing ahead, telling opponents to "bring it on" when discussing his accomplishments for the state, Alaska Public Radio reported. He is a former Anchorage mayor who beat incumbent Ted Stevens in 2008. Before that he served in the state Assembly for about 10 years.

Begich says Republican interests are far too conservative for Alaskans. "They have gone so far right, you can't even describe what right is anymore."

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