Alaskan Independence Party Official Confirms Close Ties with Palin in Interview
Posted October 9th, 2008 by palinspin
Salon.com is reporting today that former Alaskan Independence Party Chairman Mark Chryson and right-wing extremist Steve Stoll played a pivotal role in launching Sarah Palin’s political career and in return were given influence over policy decisions. The McCain campaign has confirmed that Sarah Palin’s husband, Todd Palin, was in fact a member of the party but has until now vehemently denied Sarah Palin’s involvement with the group.
As you may know, the Alaskan Independence Party is a radical fringe party that advocates Alaska’s secession from the United States. As previously reported, Sarah Palin attended the conventions of the Alaskan Independence Party for years. There is even video of her addressing the 2008 AIP convention as Governor of Alaska (Palin Member of Alaskan Independence Party). In addition, the current chairman of the Alaskan Independence Party is on video confirming Palin’s past membership in the AIP and insisting that she is still sympathetic to their aims (Alaskan Independence Party Member on Video Naming Palin As Former Member).
Here a couple of quotes from the article:
“During the 1990s, when Chryson directed the AIP, he and another radical right-winger, Steve Stoll, played a quiet but pivotal role in electing Palin as mayor of Wasilla and shaping her political agenda afterward. Both Stoll and Chryson not only contributed to Palin’s campaign financially, they played 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.’”
And here’s the Salon.com interview with Mark Chryson: