It is difficult to know whether Alaskans are always well-served by their government, and Gov. Bill Walker’s bitter free-for-all with Republicans over choosing a replacement for Wasilla Sen. Michael Dunleavy is a case in point.
Dunleavy, a staunch conservative and frequent Walker critic, resigned his seat Jan. 9 to concentrate on his run for governor. A week later, 50 District E Republicans met to review a list of 11 possible replacements.
They interviewed five and, following tradition, the next day forwarded a list of three to Walker.They picked teacher Todd Smoldon, retiree Tom Braund and Sutton state Rep. George Rauscher — who drew fire for posting “BDSM Free Zone’ on his legislative office door after a woman accused a lawmaker of striking her. Walker sat on the list for more than three weeks. Why is anybody’s guess.