Palin at the 2006 Alaska Independence Party Convention

Appeared there as a candidate, the party says.

Below, verbatim (I didn’t even clean up typos) is the full text of an email from J.R. Myers, the press spokesman for the Alaskan Independence Party.

It corrects AIP’s earlier claim that Sarah Palin had been a member of the party. But it adds a tantalizing fact: that, as a candidate for Governor, Sarah Palin had appeared at the 2006 AIP convention.

I have asked Mr. Myers for any details on that appearance.

To repeat an earlier post: the AIP is a fringe group, but it is not a harmless fringe group, like the Prohibitionists. Its central purpose is unpatriotic, and some of its rhetoric is frankly anti-American. Worse, it is the Alaskan affiliate of the Constitution Party, which claims that:

This great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been and are afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.

The goal of the Constitution Party is to restore American jurisprudence to its Biblical foundations …

The Constitution Party also wants to repeal the Voting Rights Act and holds a bunch of other seriously crazy positions. So this is very much as if a Democratic candidate turned out to have put in an appearance at a Peace and Freedom Party convention.

Press release with corrections from the AIP Chairman, Lynette Clark.

Most recently I have pulled the entire record regarding the Alaskan Independence Partys’ 1994 Convention file. I went through all the video, audio and paper records for that function. Something I should have done earlier before making the statement that Governor Palin was a

member of the Alaskan Independence Party. For that I humbly apologize to Governor Palin, and, to both national and local press, and media.

I, foolishly, repeated and accepted as fact what an officer of this membership shared with myself, and husband Dexter Clark, over a year ago. My statement was incorrect regarding the Governor’s membership. What was correct was that Todd Palin was a member, that Sarah as a

candidate for Governor appeared at the AIP Convention in 2006, and sent a welcoming DVD to the membership at the 2008 AIP statewide convention.

Those truths do not take away my fault in mis-speaking regarding her membership. For that I do take full responsibility. I hold Governor Palin in high regard, I believe she is far and away the best individual Alaska could have as Governor, and as a woman, mother and wife is one of

the best examples walking!

Thank you and again, I apologize to all.

Lynette Clark, Chairman

Alaskan Independence Party

Author: Mark Kleiman

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