I think they're making a serious mistake that will ultimately backfire. These are the kinds of battles where the "good guys always win." If conservative voters have anything, it's a strong sense of right and wrong, which gets more fierce the more local you get. These kinds of moves make the establishment look like a den of vipers and the challengers looking like St. Patrick ready to clean the mess up. I doubt it will be clean as all that though. I have a feeling the the Republican party in Alaska is about to turn into a mud bath.
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