Mead Treadwell on Homeland Security
Work to bring missile defense base to Alaska
Treadwell also got in a slight dig against Sullivan, an Ohio Native whose residency has been controversial because he lived in Alaska for five years starting in
1997 before moving away to become a White House fellow, serve an active-duty stint in the U.S. Marines, and eventually, work in Washington, D.C., as an assistant secretary of state under Condoleezza Rice.
Sullivan returned in 2009 to serve as attorney general under former Gov. Sarah Palin. "Dan, this is before you were here,"
Treadwell said as he described his efforts to bring a missile defense base to Alaska.
Source: Alaska Dispatch on 2014 Alaska Senate race
, Jan 27, 2014
Fight for missile defense, but without earmarking
While Treadwell said he would fight hard on Alaska-specific issues, such as energy production and missile defense, he stopped short of endorsing the bring-home-the-bacon approach to legislating that has defined numerous Alaska politicians--starting with
"I think the idea of earmarks is behind us," said Treadwell, who aligned himself with less spending-intensive parts of the Stevens legacy.
"Ted helped write the Alaska Statehood Act, before he was even in the Senate.
The Statehood Act gave us a lot in the way of self-determination. Ted wrote the 200-mile limit bill [governing offshore fishing rights] with Warren Magnuson that gave us a multi-billion-dollar fishing industry in our state," he said. "None of that
was earmarking and bringing money home. That was bringing power home." Added Treadwell: "The idea that, you know, you wait your turn to appropriate is not necessary."
Source: A. Burns & J. Hohmann on Politico.com, "Eyes Begich Seat"
, Mar 22, 2013
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