JUNEAU, Alaska, April 2 (UPI) — Alaska Democrats have rejected Gov. Sarah Palin’s choice to fill a Democratic state Senate seat, suggesting he is a closet Republican.
Tim Grussendorf, a legislative aide, was registered as a Republican until a few weeks ago, the Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News reported Thursday. Democratic senators met Wednesday in the office of Majority Leader Johnny Ellis.
“There were lots of pros and cons, it was an executive session to discuss a personnel issue, so it would be improper for me to go into the details of that,” Ellis said after the meeting.
Palin selected Grussendorf to fill the seat that opened when Sen. Kim Elton, a Juneau Democrat, resigned to join the administration of President Barack Obama.
Grussendorf, son of a Democratic politician, ran for office in 2002 as a Democrat. He claimed his registration as a Republican was a mistake after he changed to “undeclared” to allow him to run in a Republican primary in 2006.