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Begich Launches Republicans for Begich

Republicans Praise Begich for Bringing Jobs to Alaska

ANCHORAGE - Mark Begich launched Republicans for Begich, a group of Alaska Republicans supporting his re-election campaign for U.S. Senate. Members of the group gathered at Arctic Wire and Rope, an Alaska small business owned by Alaska Republican Eric McCallum.

“Democrat or Republican – I’m Alaskan first,” said Mark Begich. “Born and raised here, I’m willing to work with anyone on either side of the aisle to make sure that Alaska businesses, families and communities get the support they need. I’ve had Republicans support me in every election and this one is no different.”

Mark Begich speaks at Arctic Wire and Rope

“This isn’t about personality or politics,” said Eric McCallum, owner of Arctic Wire and Rope. “I support Mark Begich and I support Lisa Murkowski as Alaska’s team in Washington because Alaska businesses can’t afford to lose their seniority and clout on both sides of the aisle.”

Eric McCallum speaks of his support for Mark Begich

McCallum also praised Begich’s support for the CD-5 project in National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska that created construction jobs.

“Mark and I have worked together since he was mayor of Anchorage. Despite our differences, he has always put Alaska first and has an eye to the needs of every corner of the state. His track record of success as our senator shows that. From clearing federal hurdles so we can bring Alaska’s resources to market, or using his clout to protect our military bases and our state’s economy, I know he’s the man for the job.” - Jim Whitaker, Former Mayor of the Fairbanks North Star Borough, 2003-2009, Republican.

On a wide range of issues, Begich has routinely reached across the aisle to stand with Alaskans, including support for Second Amendment rights, a balanced budget, Alaska oil and gas development, and opposition to unnecessary regulations that harm Alaska energy production.

Begich works side by side with Senator Lisa Murkowski and Congressman Don Young on issues important to Alaska. Begich brings additional clout to the state through his seat on the powerful Appropriations Committee.

Joined by several Republicans at today’s press conference, Begich has garnered the support of Alaska Republicans from all over the state who have joined Alaskans for Begich. Names include:

Renee Staley

Bob Thorstenson

Bernard Gatewood

Jim Whitaker

Renee Staley

Lynn Kracke

Dick Tremaine

Andy Holleman

Irma Liston

Martin Sherman

Betty Glick

Julia Dodds

Michael Silverbook

Eric McCallum

Sylvia Kennedy

James Kubitz

George Tuckness

Curtis McQueen

Bruce Williams

David Wrigley

Gary Katsion

Keith Brownsberger

Jeanne Swartz

Theda Pittman

Shelly Severa

Kenneth Trout

Erich Heinrich

Robert Gleason

Steve Carroll

Lynn Ridle

Don McKenzie