Both the Knowles and Palin campaigns held press conferences today to talk about yesterday’s Fagan show and the e-mail chain that Knowles and Palin argued about yesterday.
Each camp appears to be saying the other is flashing the race card late in the campaign.
At the very core of this argument is that Palin doesn’t support rural preference for subsistence and fishing rights - which her opponents want to make sure everyone knows - while Palin wants to publicize ties to the Native community and says Knowles uses subsistence to divide voters.
What’s inflamed the issue is the distinction between pointing out Palin’s positions, or that she didn’t attend meetings like the Native Get Out the Vote forum in Fairbanks, and actually accusing her of being anti-Native.
The Palin camp wants people to see the e-mails as an attack co-signed by the Knowles campaign, while the Knowles campaign calls this McCarthyism and misdirection.
Finally, it’s further complicated by the nature of chain e-mails - in which people keep adding their comments to the tail of the chain. Do you blame someone who writes the first e-mail for what’s written in the last e-mail?
I’ll provide an update that describes both camps’ arguments soon.
Also today: Halcro criticized Knowles for an e-mail that blasts Halcro on issues like the Permanent Fund and the Longevity Bonus, and all three attended a pretty tame debate in front of restless high school kids at West High.
Libertarian Billy Toien stole the show by saying he thinks the drinking age should be dropped to 18.