legislators appear likely to confirm Governor Sarah Palin's latest choice for
attorney general, and Kodiak's representatives to Juneau expressed similar confidence that Dan S.
Sullivan will be approved. But first, the House and Senate Judiciary Committees
have to thoroughly review his credentials and interim job performance.
Sullivan must be confirmed by the
Legislature, but will serve in the role until lawmakers reconvene in January. Senate
President Gary Stevens of Kodiak said he has spoken with Sullivan and likes his
qualifications for the job. He also said his service in the meantime will
provide lawmakers a chance to see what he's capable of doing in the role before
ultimately making the decision.
1 36 sec. "I think he's certainly ... will
easily be appointed.")
State House Representative Alan Austerman said he hasn't yet had an opportunity
to meet or speak with Sullivan. But he said he's read and heard good things about
him and also believes he will be approved by legislators.
2 14 sec. "What I've read and been ... he's very well qualified.")
does have experience with Palin's last choice for the job, Anchorage
attorney Wayne Anthony Ross, whom lawmakers rejected in a 35 to
23 vote in April. All the Democrats in the Legislature voted against Ross and
were joined by nine Republicans, including Stevens and Austerman. Austerman
described Ross as a controversial and polarizing figure.
3 16 sec. "Obviously the whole issue ... no
way I could vote for him.")
had a slightly different take on why Ross was not confirmed, noting community
reaction against his nomination.
4 48 sec. "The Legislature is a reflection
... it'll be good for Alaska.")
Sullivan is a former U.S. assistant
secretary of state in the Bush administration. He practiced
business law in Anchorage for two years, and has
what several news outlets have referred to as a "blue chip resume," including
degrees from Harvard and Georgetown