The blue wave might be about to drown old Don Young.
Courtesy of HuffPo:
It was early 2017, and Alyse Galvin was on a mission: Bring down Betsy DeVos’ nomination for education secretary.
Galvin, a 52-year-old education advocate in Anchorage, Alaska, was horrified by DeVos’ lack of experience. So she spearheaded a campaign to pressure the state’s two senators to vote no. She and other educators launched a “Betsy DeVos Tie-Breaker Telethon” on Facebook Live, urging Alaskans to call in and share their thoughts on DeVos. They were flooded with negative feedback and displayed their results.
DeVos was ultimately confirmed. But she barely got through, and it was partly due to Galvin’s efforts. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) was one of two GOP senators to vote no, which forced Vice President Mike Pence to come in to break a tie vote. Murkowski said she made her decision after an outpouring of disapproval from Alaskans.
Now Galvin is in a different kind of campaign: The mother of four is running for Congress and taking on Rep. Don Young (R), who has held this House seat for 44 years ― making him the longest-serving member. The 85-year-old lawmaker, known for his charismatic and straight-up offensive persona, is an Alaska fixture.
Well, I’m more than a little hyped.
Every damn election cycle I get excited about the possibility of seeing Young kicked to the curb, and every damn time I end up being disappointed.
But this year might be different, for a number of reasons.
First off Young is now older than dirt at a whopping 85 years old.
Secondly, there is a groundswell for liberal politicians, especially FEMALE liberal politicians.
And thirdly she’s a TEACHER!
That, my friends, is EXACTLY the kind of candidate that Alaskans are looking for to replace the old guard and bring in some smart, well-educated leaders who understand education, economics, and what the future holds for our great state far better than Don Young ever understood those issues.
Galvin is already out raising Don Young by a huge margin, and with a grassroots campaign staff that has over 600 volunteers, she is well out in front when it comes to meeting her constituents and pressing the flesh.
Hell when I get off this computer I might just give her a call and see if I can be of any help as well.