Another member (chairman) of the Alaska Independence Party, Mark Chryson. Remember that McCain is inexorably tied to Sarah Palin for the duration, so her pals are his pals.

Sarah Palin's radical right-wing mentors | Salon News

Palin backed Chryson as he successfully advanced a host of anti-tax, pro-gun initiatives, including one that altered the state Constitutionâ..s language to better facilitate the formation of anti-government militias. She joined in their vendetta against several local officials they disliked, and listened to their advice about hiring. She attempted to name Stoll, a John Birch Society activist known in the Mat-Su Valley as â..Black Helicopter Steve,â. to an empty Wasilla City Council seat. â..Every time I showed up her door was open,â. said Chryson. â..And that policy continued when she became governor.â.

When Chryson first met Sarah Palin, however, he didnâ..t really trust her politically. It was the early 1990s, when he was a member of a local libertarian pressure group called SAGE, or Standing Against Government Excess. (SAGEâ..s founder, Tammy McGraw, was Palinâ..s birth coach.) Palin was a leader in a pro-sales-tax citizens group called WOW, or Watch Over Wasilla, earning a political credential before her 1992 campaign for City Council. Though he was impressed by her interpersonal skills, Chryson greeted Palinâ..s election warily, thinking she was too close to the Democrats on the council and too pro-tax.

But soon, Palin and Chryson discovered they could be useful to each other. Palin would be running for mayor, while Chryson was about to take over the chairmanship of the Alaska Independence Party, which at its peak in 1990 had managed to elect a governor.


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