Friday, October 10, 2008
There’s been much speculation about Sarah Palin’s ties to extremist, anti-government groups in Alaska.
Props to Salon.com for their exhaustive journalistic work exposing the Alaska governor’s cozy relationship with the Alaska Independence Party and its commitment to eliminate taxes, support the “traditional family” (READ: no gays), firearms, and of course, seceding from the United States.
In particular, Palin’s close relationship with Mark Chryson and Steve Stoll, two radical rightwingers and leaders in the Alaska Independence Movement, who not only contributed to Palin’s campaign financially, but played a major behind-the-scenes roles in the Palin camp before, during and after her victory.
Palin backed Chryson as he successfully advanced a host of anti-tax, pro-gun initiatives, including one that altered the state Constitution’s language to better facilitate the formation of anti-government militias. She joined in their vendetta against several local officials they disliked, and listened to their advice about hiring. She attempted to name Stoll, a John Birch Society activist known in the Mat-Su Valley as “Black Helicopter Steve,” to an empty Wasilla City Council seat. “Every time I showed up her door was open,” said Chryson. “And that policy continued when she became governor.”