The late Hickel still a player in governor's race

Posted: Friday, June 18, 2010

JUNEAU - More than a month after his death, former Alaska Gov. Wally Hickel is still playing a role in state politics.

He's featured in a campaign ad for Bill Walker, a Republican seeking his party's nomination for governor.

Walker's campaign uploaded the video to YouTube on Thursday. Campaign manager Taylor Bickford said it's substantially the same TV ad that aired before Hickel's death. It features Hickel stressing the importance of an "all-Alaska" gas pipeline and pledging his "full support" for Walker, who's campaigned heavily on the issue.

The video includes footage of the men together, dated last year, and includes a disclaimer indicating it's being shown with the permission and support of Hickel's widow.

Ermalee Hickel recently hosted a fundraiser for Walker.

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