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Amid Recall Fight, Alaska Governor Cites Trump

Trump says Dems are trying to hurt a 'very good man'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 4, 2019 4:04 AM CST

(Newser) – A fight is brewing over whether Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy should be recalled from office, with his critics saying he's incompetent and has recklessly tried to cut spending while supporters see a politically motivated attempt to undo the last election. Dunleavy, a Republican, has drawn parallels between himself and President Trump, casting himself as a chief executive trying to implement an agenda of smaller government and resource development while facing attacks from the left. Trump, the subject of an impeachment inquiry, has defended Dunleavy on Twitter, accusing Democrats of trying to hurt "a very good and hard-working man."

A state elections official could decide as early as Monday whether the first serious attempt to recall an Alaska governor since the early 1990s should advance to a second phase of signature-gathering. The decision could be challenged in court. The battle comes as Alaska, long reliant on oil to help pay for government expenses, is facing budget deficits. Dunleavy, elected last fall with 51% of the vote, has had a rocky year marked by lawsuits, fights with lawmakers and unions, and public outcry over budget vetoes that helped fuel the recall push, the AP reports. Two governors—Gray Davis in California in 2003 and Lynn Frazier in North Dakota in 1921—have been recalled by voters, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Scott Walker survived a recall election in Wisconsin in 2012.

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