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Frank Murkowski Almost Ran for Governor

The former governor was making calls about running close to the June 1 deadline.

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Madelaine Pisani
June 12, 2018, 11:22 a.m.

Former Gov. Frank Murkowski (R) considered a run for his old office. “The front-runners, in his view, were paying too little attention to the most important issue for the state’s future: How to boost extraction of natural resources like timber, fish, minerals and oil and gas.”

Murkowski: “I was considering it up to just a very short time before filing closed.”

“By the filing deadline, Murkowski said he’d grown more satisfied with the field of Republican candidates, which saw a late addition of Mead Treadwell, the former lieutenant governor. Murkowski [who is 85 years old] still has lots of energy for politics, and some irritation, according to his wife, Nancy. Some of Alaska’s political figures, in his view, haven’t been talking enough about the issues on which Murkowski staked his political career — namely natural resource development.” (Anchorage Daily News)

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