Campaign Press Releases
ANCHORAGE, February 9, 2018 — Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Dunleavy today commented on Governor Bill Walker’s selection to fill the vacant Senate seat in District E.
“Governor Walker has made his choice – and he chose to ignore the elected nominees of the Republican District leaders. His decision is an affront to these men and women who literally spent hundreds of hours vetting 11 different applicants for this seat,” said Dunleavy.
Dunleavy observed that the traditional process of selecting from a list of nominees chosen by local party leaders is designed to help maintain public confidence in representative government. He predicted that violating the process would have unfortunate consequences.
“The crucial question is this: Who owns this seat, the voters of District E, or Governor Walker? The Governor has chosen to substitute his own judgment for the views of local leaders. This kind of arrogance has become a trademark of this Governor, and it gravely erodes public confidence that their representative in Juneau is there to represent their values, instead of the Governor’s personal agenda. Once again, Governor Walker ignores the will of the people,” Dunleavy stated.
ANCHORAGE, January 18, 2018 — Mike Dunleavy today commented on the statement released by Charlie Huggins in which he suspends his gubernatorial campaign.
“Along with the rest of Alaska, I learned last evening, that my friend Charlie Huggins has decided to suspend his campaign for Governor. Charlie is a leader, a man of God, of country, and of family. I am honored to have served the people of Alaska alongside him.”
“Charlie and I spoke via phone last night, and I look forward to sitting down together and talking more with him as the campaign moves forward.”
“I fully agree with Charlie that Alaska’s best days are ahead, and I understand and respect the strength and courage it takes to make difficult decisions like this, made in the best interest of Alaska and for Alaskans. Along with Charlie, I know without question that Alaska absolutely must elect a new Governor.”
“There is much at stake for our great state and this election is critical. The path forward starts this year, with a new leader who will listen to Alaskans and take immediate action to improve public safety, cut the size and scope of state government, and protect the Permanent Fund and PFD.”
“Alaska’s best days are ahead, and I have great optimism. More than anything today, however, I just want to thank Charlie and his beautiful family for their service and commitment to our country, and to our state. Charlie Huggins is truly a great American. I am honored to know him, and blessed to call him friend.”
ANCHORAGE, January 10, 2018 — Mike Dunleavy today commented on the addition of new political talent to his gubernatorial campaign team.
“I’m very glad to announce that Michael Pauley will be joining the campaign as Director of Strategy,” Dunleavy said. “Pauley has worked as a manager or consultant on dozens of campaigns and his broad experience will be invaluable for our campaign operation.”
Pauley is a graduate of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and has also twice completed the Republican National Committee’s Campaign Management College. He worked during the 1990s as a field operative for the National Republican Congressional Committee, the branch of the national party focused on winning U.S. House campaigns.
Pauley also has extensive experience with Alaska public policy and political campaigns. He worked as a legislative aide for former Senator Loren Leman (R-Anchorage) from 1996 – 2000 and served as the strategic consultant for Leman’s winning campaign for Lieutenant Governor in 2002. Pauley has also assisted with campaigns for several other Alaska legislators, including former Senator Fred Dyson (R-Eagle River) and Senator Pete Kelly (R-Fairbanks).
In 2010, Pauley was the strategic director for the successful campaign to pass an Alaska ballot initiative to require parental notification prior to abortion. Pauley has been a frequent advocate for various conservative policies, and was one of the founding board members of the Alaska Family Council.
“The decades of experience that Pauley brings to the table will be an important resource as our campaign continues to expand,” said Dunleavy. “Along with Campaign Manager Brett Huber and Deputy Campaign Manager Amanda Price, Pauley will be a crucial member of my team as we work to convey my positive message about how Alaskans can work together to fix what’s broken, increase opportunity, and create new wealth in our great state.”
ANCHORAGE, January 8, 2018 — Senator Mike Dunleavy today issued the following statement regarding his service in the Alaska State Senate:
“For the last five years, it’s been an honor and privilege to represent my constituents in the Legislature. I have striven to faithfully advocate for their values and priorities, and I’m proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish.
“Yet I’ve come to the conclusion that without new leadership in the Governor’s office, there is a practical limit to what any individual or caucus in the Legislature can achieve to turn this state around. I believe the best way I can effectively advocate for my constituents’ values is to devote 100 percent of my time and energy to the cause of ensuring that Alaska elects a new Governor in 2018. I am accordingly resigning from my seat in the State Senate.
“One criticism I’ve made of state government is that it continuously grows and takes on too many responsibilities, and does many of them poorly. It’s far preferable to do fewer things, and do them with excellence. I think that maxim must apply to individuals as well –especially legislators.
“This past Saturday I shared my decision with the local Republican Party leadership in our district. I am pleased to share that their reactions were very positive and understanding. These local Republican leaders bear the responsibility for nominating a list of persons who are capable of filling out the short remainder of my Senate term. I have the utmost confidence they will choose excellent nominees.
“I sent a letter to Senate President Pete Kelly this morning informing him of my resignation. I shared my appreciation for his leadership in the Senate, and for the collaboration that I have enjoyed with my former colleagues in the Senate Majority.”