I thought it was interesting they also called her a maverick in 2006. She talked about ending partisan politics.
Partisan politics put aside by
Palin - GOVERNOR'S RACE: GOP candidate talks to Democratic Club.
Anchorage Daily News (AK) - January 27, 2006
Anchorage Daily News
There's usually some elbow space when the Bartlett Democrats gather for their regular Thursday lunch forum. Not yesterday.
packed the little corner room at the Royal Fork restaurant when she accepted an invitation to explain why she wants
to be governor.
pitched herself as part of a new generation for whom, she said, partisan politics takes a back seat to practical solutions
and open government. She included Democratic candidates Eric Croft and Ethan Berkowitz in that crowd, along with Andrew Halcro,
a former Republican lawmaker who is running for governor as an independent. Not surprisingly,
reserved her sharpest barbs for incumbent Gov. Frank Murkowski, who has yet to announce if he'll seek re-election this
year. Fairbanks businessman John Binkley also is running as a Republican.
told the Democrats Murkowski has shaken the trust of Alaskans by
keeping them in the dark about his gas pipeline negotiations
with oil companies. "Alaskans are wondering whose interests are being
served," she said, adding that she favors an all-Alaska
line that will deliver affordable fuel to cold homes in the state as
well as out of it.
Most of the people listening to
Thursday qualified for the state's longevity bonus, and
used the opportunity to slam Murkowski for canceling it when money was tight, then vetoing the Legislature's attempt
to restore a limited version. She also said the governor has failed to come to grips with the state's "shaky pension plan,"
noting that her father is a retired teacher who might be affected.
"My dad shouldn't have to worry about a promise being broken," she said.
said she would deal with the state's short-term oil revenue windfall by saving a chunk of it in the constitutional budget
reserve and other funds, and forward-funding education.
"We should treat our state budget the same way we treat our home
budget," she said, and devise "a budget that is sustainable
through the good times and the not-so-good." Palin
was a surprisingly strong
runner-up to former state Sen. Loren Leman in the 2002 Republican
primary for lieutenant governor,
and Murkowski appointed her to the state Oil and Gas Conservation
Commission. She broke ranks with the administration and
her own party leadership however, quitting the commission amid
allegations that party chairman Randy Ruedrich was violating
state ethics laws by doing party business from his office as chairman
of the same commission.
Thursday, she jabbed at Murkowski's controversial acquisition of a $2.7 million Westwind II jet. The governor said the
jet will save the state time and money in transporting convicts to prisons in other states, as well as occasionally flying
himself and staff members.
"The jet - that's a perfect example of a strange priority,"
said. "(It) exemplifies everything that's wrong right now in state government."
underscored her connections in rural Alaska. Her husband grew up in Dillingham, and his mother is Yupik, she said.
and her husband, Todd, have fished commercially in Bristol Bay.
She said she would look for ways to create jobs in villages and rural hubs.
"In rural Alaska we see a lot of families starting to rely more and more (on government subsidies) because they don't
have job opportunities,"
said, adding that too often ends up in "broken homes (and) sub-par education."
didn't offer many specifics, however, on exactly how she would create
jobs in the Bush or resolve retirement fund shortfalls.
And she sidestepped a question from her audience about the wisdom of
encouraging expansion in Alaska of Wal-Mart, a chain
that has been criticized for offering low pay and few benefits. Palin
, 41, noted that she's been able to look forward to a Permanent Fund dividend check most of her adult life, and wasn't
really affected by the state recession caused by the oil price collapse of the mid-1980s.
"Our generation has had it pretty easy," she said.