Governor Palin's Right Wing Radical Ties
Governor Sarah Palin, the vice presidential candidate on the Republican Party ticket, running with Senator John McCain, the Republican presidential nominee, according to an article entitled, Meet Sarah Palin's Right Wing Pals, at Salon.com, has been acquainted with and aided Mark Chryson, former chairman of the Alaska Independence Party (AIP), Mark Chryson and Steve Stoll, identified as a John Birch Society activist, in their aspirations in Alaskan government.
The article states:
.... During the 1990s, when Chryson directed the AIP, he and another radical right-winger, Steve Stoll, played a quiet but pivotal role in electing Palin as mayor of Wasilla and shaping her political agenda afterward. Both Stoll and Chryson not only contributed to Palin's campaign financially, they played major behind-the-scenes roles in the Palin camp before, during and after her victory.
Palin backed Chryson as he successfully advanced a host of anti-tax, pro-gun initiatives, including one that altered the state Constitution's language to better facilitate the formation of anti-government militias. She joined in their vendetta against several local officials they disliked, and listened to their advice about hiring. She attempted to name Stoll, a John Birch Society activist known in the Mat-Su Valley as "Black Helicopter Steve," to an empty Wasilla City Council seat. "Every time I showed up her door was open," said Chryson. "And that policy continued when she became governor."
The article also describes the Alaska Independence Party and its founder, Joe Vogler:
The AIP was born of the vision of "Old Joe" Vogler, a hard-bitten former gold miner who hated the government of the United States almost as much as he hated wolves and environmentalists. His resentment peaked during the early 1970s when the federal government began installing Alaska's oil and gas pipeline. Fueled by raw rage -- "The United States has made a colony of Alaska," he told author John McPhee in 1977 -- Vogler declared a maverick candidacy for the governorship in 1982. Though he lost, Old Joe became a force to be reckoned with, as well as a constant source of amusement for Alaska's political class.
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A companion piece, by Dunkelberg, also at NowPublic