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Sullivan Forced to Cave, Finally Agrees to Attend Traditional Alaska Fish Debate

CONTACT: Max Croes907-570-2065

ANCHORAGE – After a week of refusing to attend the Kodiak fisheries debate and offending Alaska’s fishermen - and Alaska’s largest private sector employer - Dan Sullivan today conceded he had made a mistake and said he will in fact attend the longstanding traditional debate.

In addition to changing his mind, Sullivan’s campaign was forced to admit that Sullivan “did not have a prior commitment keeping him from the fisheries debate.”

“Brushing off Alaska’s largest private sector employer and a multi-billion dollar industry is just another reminder that Dan Sullivan is focused on his billionaire Outside supporters - not Alaskans . Mark Begich is still waiting for Dan Sullivan to accept six additional debate invitations, but we’re not holding our breath after the public shaming it took for Sullivan to commit to the fisheries debate which is a longstanding tradition in Alaska,” said Max Croes, Communications Director for Alaskans for Begich.

Dan Sullivan has only committed to four out of the ten debates Mark Begich has committed to.

Sullivan’s agreement to attend the fish debate comes after consecutive bad headlines and pressure for failing to commit to the debate. The debate is considered an Alaska tradition for gubernatorial and senatorial candidates going back to 1990.

Begich and his GOP opponent Dan Sullivan faced off in a debate hosted by United For Liberty on August 27. Since then, Sullivan has refused to commit to more than four events with Begich.

The only debates Sullivan has confirmed for are: Kodiak Fisheries Debate, Kenai Chamber of Commerce, Alaska Federation of Natives and the KTUU Debate

Begich Forum and Debate Schedule

Tuesday, September 2, Alaska Native Brotherhood Debate - NO SHOW

Sunday, September 28, Shiloh Community Development, Inc. Forum – NOT COMMITTED

Wednesday, October 1, Kodiak Chamber of Commerce

Tuesday, October 21, Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum

Thursday, October 23, Resource Development Council Candidate Forum – NOT COMMITTED

Friday, October 24, Alaska Federation of Native Candidate Forum

Sunday, October 26, KTVA Ch. 11 and Alaska Dispatch Debte - NOT COMMITTED

Monday, October 27, Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum – NOT COMMITTED

Tuesday, October 28, Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce Forum – NOT COMMITTED

Wednesday, October 29, KTUU Channel 2 Debate

Thursday, October 30, Debate for the State - Alaska Public Media - NOT COMMITTED