Reading televisions like tea leaves, Senate candidate Mike Szymanski said his future looks bright.
The Democrat, who is bidding to unseat incumbent Sen. Jerry Ward, R-Anchorage, recently won two door prize drawings within a week of each other, and both netted him a new television.
"I think it's a good omen," Szymanski said.
On Oct. 14, he took home a 27-inch television from the Thelma McConnell scholarship fund dinner.
"That one turned out to be perfect because the one I have at home went on the blink and stopped working," he said.
Even more perfect, though, was having his opponent, Ward, draw Szymanski's name out of the hat.
"It's even sweeter when your opponent makes you the winner," Szymanski said.
Of Ward's response, Szymanski said, "He looked pretty sour."
His second win came Friday night at a candidate forum co-sponsored by the Kenai Peninsula Education Association and the Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association. Ward did not respond to his invitation to participate in the forum, so he did not witness his opponent's luck the second time.
"I donated that television to my grandchildren," Szymanski said. "They've helped me out on the campaign, waving signs, putting signs together."
The next prize Szymanski says he's focused on is the Nov. 7 election.
"Like I said, I think it's just a good omen," he said of his two-win record.
Calls to Ward on Saturday were not returned. Presumably, he was not watching television.
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