ANCHORAGE – After a week of refusing to attend the Kodiak fisheries debate and offending Alaska’s fishermen – and Alaska’s largest private sector employer – Dan Sullivan today conceded he had made a mistake and said he will in fact attend the longstanding traditional debate.
In addition to changing his mind, Sullivan’s campaign was forced to admit that Sullivan “did not have a prior commitment keeping him from the fisheries debate.”
“Brushing off Alaska’s largest private sector employer and a multi-billion dollar industry is just another reminder that Dan Sullivan is focused on his billionaire Outside supporters – not Alaskans . Mark Begich is still waiting for Dan Sullivan to accept six additional debate invitations, but we’re not holding our breath after the public shaming it took for Sullivan to commit to the fisheries debate which is a longstanding tradition in Alaska,” said Max Croes, Communications Director for Alaskans for Begich.
Dan Sullivan has only committed to four out of the ten debates Mark Begich has committed to.
Sullivan’s agreement to attend the fish debate comes after consecutive bad headlines and pressure for failing to commit to the debate. The debate is considered an Alaska tradition for gubernatorial and senatorial candidates going back to 1990.
Begich and his GOP opponent Dan Sullivan faced off in a debate hosted by United For Liberty on August 27. Since then, Sullivan has refused to commit to more than four events with Begich.
The only debates Sullivan has confirmed for are: Kodiak Fisheries Debate, Kenai Chamber of Commerce, Alaska Federation of Natives and the KTUU Debate
Begich Forum and Debate Schedule
Tuesday, September 2, Alaska Native Brotherhood Debate - NO SHOW
Sunday, September 28, Shiloh Community Development, Inc. Forum – NOT COMMITTED
Wednesday, October 1, Kodiak Chamber of Commerce
Tuesday, October 21, Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum
Thursday, October 23, Resource Development Council Candidate Forum – NOT COMMITTED
Friday, October 24, Alaska Federation of Native Candidate Forum
Sunday, October 26, KTVA Ch. 11 and Alaska Dispatch Debte – NOT COMMITTED
Monday, October 27, Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum – NOT COMMITTED
Tuesday, October 28, Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce Forum – NOT COMMITTED
Wednesday, October 29, KTUU Channel 2 Debate
Thursday, October 30, Debate for the State - Alaska Public Media – NOT COMMITTED