Condoleezza Rice Defends Alaska Senate Candidate in Crossroads Ad

The former secretary of state makes her first endorsement of the 2014 election cycle.

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice speaks to the crowd at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Aug. 29, 2012 during the Republican National Convention.
National Journal
Adam Wollner
March 23, 2014, 5:42 p.m.

Amer­ic­an Cross­roads is bring­ing on former Sec­ret­ary of State Con­doleezza Rice to aid an Alaskan Sen­ate can­did­ate who has re­cently come un­der fire from Demo­crats.

Rice ap­pears in a new 30-second TV ad from the Karl Rove-foun­ded su­per PAC prais­ing Re­pub­lic­an Dan Sul­li­van for his work in the Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion, and de­fends him from at­tacks on his Alaskan res­id­ency from a group sup­port­ing Demo­crat­ic Sen. Mark Be­gich. “Re­mem­ber that serving our coun­try re­quired some time in our cap­it­al,” Rice says in the Cross­roads spot, which has $170,000 be­hind it, ac­cord­ing to Fed­er­al Elec­tion Com­mis­sion re­cords.

The move comes a week after Put Alaska First PAC, the pro-Be­gich su­per PAC, launched a TV ad not­ing that Sul­li­van pur­chased a non­res­id­en­tial fish­ing li­cense in 2009. The group also aired an ad in Feb­ru­ary high­light­ing that the Re­pub­lic­an primary front-run­ner be­nefited from a Mary­land tax cred­it while vot­ing in Alaska, and that he was born and raised in Ohio. While serving in the White House from 2002-04 and the State De­part­ment from 2006-09, Sul­li­van lived in Beth­esda, Md., but still owned a home in An­chor­age.

Sul­li­van, a former Alaska at­tor­ney gen­er­al, ap­pears to be the fa­vor­ite of the GOP es­tab­lish­ment in the Au­gust 19 primary and re­ceived an en­dorse­ment from Club for Growth earli­er this month in a race that could de­term­ine which party con­trols the Sen­ate in 2015.

Amer­ic­an Cross­roads, one of the biggest spend­ers in the 2012 elec­tions, has now in­ter­vened in three Sen­ate races this cycle, as well as the spe­cial elec­tion in Flor­ida’s 13th con­gres­sion­al dis­trict. The group ran a TV ad at­tack­ing Demo­crat­ic Sen. John Walsh in Montana in Feb­ru­ary, and its non­profit arm, Cross­roads GPS, went on air in New Hamp­shire last week, cri­ti­ciz­ing Demo­crat­ic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s sup­port of Obama­care. Amer­ic­an Cross­roads’s most re­cent FEC fil­ing shows it raised $257,000 in Feb­ru­ary and had $1.8 mil­lion cash on hand.

Rice has shown she is will­ing to do her part to help the GOP’s ef­forts to re­take the Sen­ate and hold the House this year. She is also slated to head­line an NR­CC din­ner on Wed­nes­day. 

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