IPR just received a tip from an officer in the Alaskan Independence Party that their gubernatorial nominee, Don Wright, is dropping out and will be replaced. Wright was the gubernatorial nominee of the party in ’78, ’02, and ’06. He is also the former President of the Alaskan Federation of Natives.
The tip pointed out that the Executive Committee of the AIP will hold an emergency session this Friday to determine the replacements for Governor and Lt. Governor. This meeting is similar to the widely-reported meeting that was held recently by the Libertarian Party of Alaska Executive Committee in order to determine whether they wanted to place endangered Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski on their ballot.
The tip further suggested that a prominent candidate has already approached the AIP in hopes of being the gubernatorial candidate. Rumors from elsewhere have suggested that perhaps Lisa Murkowski is switching races and hoping to get an open ballot line. Several members of the party who spoke to IPR today suggested that Murkowski is not a good fit and wouldn’t get the nod from the AIP ExComm.