Juneau sees its first presidential political activity tonight as Ron Paul's campaign manager speaks at an event hosted by a local Ron Paul Meetup group.
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Lew Moore said he sees opportunity in Alaska as the state heads toward primary and caucus elections on Feb. 5, or "Super Tuesday." The campaign manager ends a four-day visit to Alaska with the Juneau event.
While in Anchorage, Moore opened an office for Paul, a Republican congressman from Texas, and on Friday said he would hire one paid staffer. Volunteers - including at least 10 from Juneau - are working at a grassroots level to get the word out about the presidential candidate.
Moore will speak tonight about certain aspects of Paul's platform.
"We believe our message of letting people in states have more say - Dr. Paul's generally libertarian ideas about small government - is really going to resonate up here," Moore said.
Paul also supports low taxes, free markets, and is known for his antiwar, libertarian message.
The meeting will take place at Chez Alaska Cooking School at 2092 Jordan Ave., from 5-6 p.m. It is open to the public.
Since Alaska moved its party voting to "Super Tuesday," the state is getting a bit more attention as campaigns focus on states that vote early. Alaska formerly held caucuses in March, and state Republicans picked their delegates at conventions in May.
But because of its small population, Alaska is not likely to see a wave of political activity. Moore said Paul hadn't decided if he would visit. A trip here wasn't on his agenda as of Friday.
Paul ranks third among Republican candidates in Alaska fundraising, behind Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney, according to The Associated Press.
Local volunteer David Doyle said 10-15 people signed up to participate in Juneau's Meetup group, which got going about two weeks ago. The plan is to pass out literature and talk with neighbors about the candidate, he said.
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