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August 29, 2008

Leading Alaska Democrat praises Palin

Alaska’s highly touted Democratic nominee for the state’s lone congressional seat has nothing but compliments for Republican Gov. Sarah Palin, John McCain’s new running mate.

Former state Rep. Ethan Berkowitz praised Palin’s record of ethics reform and bipartisan credentials in a statement.

“This is an exciting day for Alaska,” Berkowitz said. “Gov. Palin has made her name fighting corruption within her own party, and I was honored when she stepped across party lines and asked me to co-author her ethics white paper."

Berkowitz is running against the winner of the yet-unresolved Republican primary between Rep. Don Young and Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell. With thousands of absentee ballots still uncounted, Young leads by a razor-thin margin of 152 votes.

Berkowitz’s unequivocally positive reaction contrasts with the sharp criticism that leading Democrats directed at McCain’s pick of Palin as his running mate. His reaction indicates that, despite Democratic criticisms over her firing of the state’s public safety director, she remains a highly popular figure in Alaska.