Alaskans Furious at No-Show Sarah

Questions from state residents referred to McCain office 4,000 miles away
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Sep 21, 2008 8:30 AM CDT
Sarah Palin is coming under criticism for holding at arm's length Alaskans seeking answers from their governor.   (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
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(Newser) – Alaskans seeking answers or help from their governor are sick and tired of being referred to John McCain's campaign headquarters 4,300 miles away, reports the Los Angeles Times. "Why did the McCain campaign take over the governor's office?" the Anchorage Daily News demanded in an editorial yesterday. "Is it too much to ask that Alaska's governor speak for herself, directly to Alaskans, about her actions as Alaska's governor?"

Campaign big-footing in local political issues has struck a nerve, and is threatening Palin's "political capital" in her home state, analysts note. Palin is "still popular" in Alaska, "but she is not beloved," noted a political science professor. "She's getting a lot more criticism at the state level as a result of her vice presidential candidacy."