KFQD's Dan Fagan Pushes Listeners To 'Run' For Senate In Write-In List Flap
October 29, 2010 at 7:13 PM (PT)
MORRIS COMMUNICATIONS Talk KFQD-A/ANCHORAGE 2-5p host DAN FAGAN asked listeners to register themselves as write-in candidates for the U.S. Senate in a bid to blunt the write-in campaign of incumbent Sen. LISA MURKOWSKI (R-AK).
The LOS ANGELES TIMES is reporting that dozens of listeners had followed FAGAN's advice before THURSDAY's deadline to fax in applications to be on the list of certified write-in candidates available to voters at the polls.
The "civil disobedience" is a reaction by FAGAN to MURKOWSKI's campaign, which followed her loss in the Republican to "Tea Party" candidate JOE MILLER. MURKOWSKI decided to stay in the race as a write-in and is running ahead of MILLER and Democrat SCOTT MCADAMS in some polls and in a dead heat with MILLER in others. The write-in lists are controversial -- FAGAN calls them "illegal" -- and a State Supreme Court ruling is expected on FRIDAY on whether the lists will be available at polling places.
And FAGAN was pulled from the air after THURSDAY's show, reports the ALASKA DISPATCH. FAGAN told the site that his GM DENNIS BOOKEY told him he was off the air FRIDAY and the station would evaluate the situation MONDAY, and FAGAN blamed MURKOWSKI for the move. "Bottom line is that LISA MURKOWSKI is a very powerful person, and she has succeeded in taking me off the air the Friday before the election," FAGAN said. "It's impressive." MURKOWSKI campaign spokesman STEVE WACKOWSKI denied that the campaign had anything to do with FAGAN being taken off the air.