April 5, 2006


Oil money in Alaska lines up for McGavick (Alicia Mundy, 4/05/06, Seattle Times)

Arctic oil-drilling supporters are rallying behind Republican Senate candidate Mike McGavick of Seattle for a fundraiser organized by Alaska's most powerful politicians.

The April 13 event in Anchorage is being hosted by Sens. Ted Stevens and Lisa Murkowski, and Alaska's lone Congressman Don Young, all Republicans.

It could raise as much as $500,000 for McGavick, who is challenging Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell in this fall's election.

The Alaska politicians are the stars, but the other 23 special patrons listed on the invitation are a who's who in Alaska politics and commerce, particularly in the energy industry.

Many of them have been vocal and financial supporters of opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil drilling — an issue Stevens has pushed in the Senate for almost 30 years.

Cantwell has led Senate Democrats against ANWR drilling, clashing with the powerful Alaska senator.

Unfortunately gas won't cost enough in November to make drilling a determinative issue.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 5, 2006 9:24 AM

What's your best guess?

Posted by: Genecis at April 5, 2006 9:33 AM

Fall Gulf hurricane patters will determine in large part the price of gas come Election Day. Unfortunately, in the wake of Katrina, any spike in gas prices that might boost the prospects of ANWR drilling in the long term would be a short-term disaster for Republicans, even if FEMA performs perfectly in the aftermath of this year's storms.

Posted by: John at April 5, 2006 9:36 AM

To John's point - if the GOP Congress couldn't get ANWR done when oil is over $60/barrel and gas prices were hitting $3/gallon they may never get it done. Also, given WA greens and ecology driven voters (Seattle, etc) being supported by big oil might be a negative for McGavick

Posted by: AWW at April 5, 2006 10:56 AM

the gop could get the dems to vote for anwr quite easily -- have GWB come out against it.

Posted by: toe at April 5, 2006 12:08 PM

Don't worry,democrats can always find enough 'missing' votes from warehouses and parking lots to win their elections. They only have to follow their Governor's example.

Posted by: ic at April 5, 2006 6:14 PM

Has anyone checked the price of crude today? $67.45 on NYMEX. That's only 4% lower than the all time Katrina high, and we haven't even started summer driving or hurricane season. You rubes will never learn!

$100 in '06!

Posted by: Robert Duquette at April 5, 2006 7:44 PM