The Highliner reckons every fisherman on every trawler, seiner, longliner and skiff has heard the news by now that John McCain has picked Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate.
Palin, of course, setnets commercially at Dillingham for Bristol Bay sockeye with husband Todd and their kids.
Could America soon see its first rubber-booted vice president?
United Fishermen of Alaska, the state’s top commercial fishing trade group, marvels at the prospect in this press release we just received:
UNITED FISHERMEN OF ALASKA
For Immediate Release
Aug. 29, 2008
United Fishermen of Alaska Congratulates Governor Sarah Palin on VP nomination
In the Republican Vice Presidential candidate Governor Sarah Palin, Alaska has its first ever candidate for high executive office in the United States. United Fishermen of Alaska (UFA) extends its heartfelt and sincerest congratulations to Governor Sarah Palin and her family on this historic event.
“If elected Vice President, Governor Sarah Palin would be the first commercial fisherman to hold that office in the history of the United States,” says Mark Vinsel, executive director of UFA.
Governor Palin and her husband Todd Palin run a commercial fishing business in Bristol Bay, traditionally one of Alaska’s most valuable commercial salmon fisheries. We applaud Governor Palin for being chosen by John McCain as his running mate.
United Fishermen of Alaska represents 37 Alaska commercial fishing associations from fisheries throughout the state and its offshore waters, including participants from every state in the U.S., and representing roughly half of the total U.S. domestic seafood production.