Wayne Anthony Ross would prefer woman on ticket

Posted: Friday, July 26, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Wayne Anthony Ross said he'd like to see voters pair him with a woman in the race for governor in the general election.

Ross made the statement Wednesday while airing his message on a conservative talk show on KENI radio.

Ross, a Republican making his second bid for governor, allowed that a ticket pairing him with another ''old guy'' like Robin Taylor or Loren Leman might be fun. But, he said, ''I'd like to see a woman as lieutenant governor to balance the ticket.''

He went on to say he thought the second spot would best be filled by someone who was not a career politician. ''I'll work great with anybody, but if I had my druthers, I'd have to say I'd go for Sarah Palin.''

Taylor and Leman are veteran state senators. Candidate Gail Phillips served five terms in the House and was House speaker. Palin is the mayor of Wasilla but hasn't held statewide office before. Paul Wieler of Anchorage is the fifth Republican in the lieutenant governor's race.

Ross faces U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski, Eric Wieler of Anchorage and Brad Snowden of Seward in the Aug. 27 primary.

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