I was at Nick's house about a dozen years or so back, AIP wanted Nick to run for Governor. I asked him what would be his first controversial task? He said he would take 10 Billion out of the PFD and build gas pipelines all over Alaska to bring cheap, clean fuel, that the state owned to Alaskans. Of course I thought he was nuts at the time; but now wonder if he was ahead of his time?
I think Mark will have a tough time getting re-elected. Most Alaskans see him as somewhat slow; can't react when put on the spot. Alaskans like the Donny Young types; now that guy puts on a real show. People know how his head works, and trust his judgment.
People still remember all the good things Palin did while Governor. Me thinks she could energize the race if she so choose to. Ole Palin is one of the few politicals that would keep her word too.
My 2 cents from along the Upper Yukon.
I would love Palin to run, but I think she is unlikely to. What they did to her last time, just in Alaska alone, was brutal.