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Palin's latest approach to Senate seat -- take up appointees in order

From Sean Cockerham in Juneau ---

Gov. Sarah Palin just sent the state Senate a letter saying she wants to "eliminate confusion" about what she's trying to do with the open Juneau state Senate seat. The governor said she is forwarding the names of the three candidates in order of her preference -- not as a single batch.

Palin said in her new letter that she is first appointing Tim Grussendorf to the Senate seat and, if the Senate Democrats reject him, she's then appointing Joe Nelson. And if Nelson isn't confirmed, she said she is appointing Alan Wilson.

A legislative lawyer issued a memo earlier today saying it was against the law for Palin to submit three names for the single seat, including two --Grussendorf and Nelson -- that the Senate Democrats had already rejected.

The governor's office said doing it in order like this is legal. There is no word yet from Senate Democrats but my guess is they will contest the legality of it.

"Please act swiftly" Palin's letter concluded.

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