Virtual debate: Alaska U.S. Senate candidates face off on fisheries

Virtual debate: Alaska U.S. Senate candidates face off on fisheries

The Kodiak Chamber of Commerce’s U.S. Senate debate is the only Alaska political forum of its kind devoted exclusively to fisheries. The debate was moderated by KMXT journalist Rhonda McBride. (Screenshot) The Kodiak Chamber of Commerce’s U.S. Senate debate is the only Alaska political forum of its kind devoted exclusively to fisheries. And Saturday night’s showdown between U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan and his challenger, Al Gross, had some heated exchanges. “If this was a Nascar race, you would have corporate sponsor patches all over your jacket,” said Gross, who accused his Republican opponent of being beholden to special interests and rattled off a long list. “The plastics industry. Big pharma. Big oil on your hat, and I’d save this spot right here in the middle for Pebble mine,” Gross said. “The Pebble Mine is dead, and I’m going to keep it that way,” Sullivan fired back. Read Alaska Public Media’s coverage of the 2020 Elections Gross referred to a secretly recorded video, in which the head of Pebble Mine claims Sullivan silently supports the mine. “ Dan, you’re hiding in the corner on Pebble Mine. I think you need to come out of the closet on this,” Gross said. Sullivan said he only supported the permitting process, not the mine itself. “So, look Al, you know you can keep saying what you want on Pebble,” Sullivan said. “I came out opposed to it on August 24th, after the process ran. That’s the facts.” RELATED : Pebble execs tell ‘investors’ […]

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