Parnell Announces Friday
Tomorrow, Sean Parnell will announce his political intentions for 2014.
He’ll be in Fairbanks, the Golden Heart City, the city where his predecessor and boss Sarah Palin gave her final, rambling Quit Speech into what looked like the severed tail of a wolf, and stepped her Naughty Monkey pumps off the tiny annoying Alaska stage, and on to the big giant national one.
Sean Parnell stood there dutifully, and silent. He pretended to like her big signature legislation. He smiled, and nodded. And he stepped into the governor’s mansion to finish out her term. He was quiet, and polite. He didn’t humiliate us in front of our friends in the Lower 48. Our governor had all the personality of a waterlogged piece of cardboard, and we liked it that way.
And he got elected in his own right.
That’s when the fun started. He went from mild-mannered, goofy-smiled, Captain Zero to rabid oil shill, partisan corporate hack, and religious extremist. I mean, a lot of people knew THAT Sean Parnell, but he did a pretty good job keeping it under wraps until he knew he’d be in the seat for 4 years.
So, will he run again for the governor’s seat? He is eligible for another four years with which he can drive the ship of state into the rocks.
Or, will he run for the United States Senate? There are no term limits there. His Lite Gov, Mead Treadwell, has already expressed an interest, but Parnell wouldn’t really care. He’s already told Treadwell to go lie down by his dish when he’s gotten to uppity. And then there’s Joe Miller. He’s formed an exploratory committee for a Senate run, but Parnell’s fan base and Miller’s fan base have some cross-over. He’d be a strong candidate against Sen. Mark Begich, but strong enough that Alaska would give up its six years of seniority, and a seat on the Appropriations Committee for another freshman? We need to start building back some clout after the reigns of Stevens and the other Murkowski.
People are hopping mad over Parnell’s oil wealth giveaway (SB21), for which he got support in the legislature, but not the populace. But are Alaskans mad enough?
Maybe he’ll just continue on with his current job as lobbyist for ConocoPhillips and the Alaska Family Council.
Oh, the intrigue.
We’ll find out tomorrow.