'Going Rogue': To read or not to read

Southeast legislators divided on former governor's book

Posted: Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Some Alaska legislators are expressing interest in reading "Going Rogue," Sarah Palin's take on the history they experienced with her, but few say they're rushing to do so.

Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Michael Penn / Juneau Empire

Sen. Dennis Egan, D-Juneau, said he may not have to buy it.

"I've been watching TV, and now I don't have to pay for it," he said. "Every time you turn the TV on, she's on it or somebody is talking about her," he said.

Egan was appointed to the Senate by Palin, a Republican, on the last day of this year's legislative session, after Juneau had been without a senator for most of the session while Palin tried to force the Senate to accept her preferred candidates.

Egan acknowledged he probably needed to read "Going Rogue," and would be heading down to Hearthside Books to get a copy soon.

Rep. Beth Kerttula, D-Juneau, said she wouldn't be.

"I lived through it, I don't need her take on it," she said of Palin's 2½ years as governor.

Kerttula supported Palin's legislative agenda of oil tax reform, natural gas pipeline promotion and strengthening ethics laws, but after Kerttula questioned Palin's qualifications to be vice president, relations soured.

Juneau Democrats chose Kerttula for the Senate appointment before Egan, but Palin refused to name her to the seat.

"I like to support my local bookstores, but on principle I'm not going to be spending any money on that book," she said.

Rep. Cathy Muñoz, R-Juneau, said she expected to buy a copy of the book later, but not for the Alaska portions.

"The most interesting period for me will be the writing about the national campaign, and her experiences on the national campaign trail," Muñoz said.

Muñoz had a relatively cordial relationship with Palin, but Sen. Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, did not.

He said Tuesday he wouldn't be reading the book.

"I don't have the extra time to devote myself to entertainment reading," he said.

Among Palin's campaign tactics was bragging about killing the Gravina Access Project, which she derided as the "Bridge to Nowhere." That Ketchikan bridge project is in Stedman's district.

This year she vetoed several projects in Stedman's district funded with cruise ship head tax revenues.

• Contact reporter Pat Forgey at 523-2250 or patrick.forgey@juneauempire.com.

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