“Independent” Senate Candidate Admits He’s a Leftist Who Would Caucus With Democrats
Alaska Senate candidate Al Gross, who is running to unseat Republican Senator Dan Sullivan, told Democrat donors that even though he is running as an independent, he is just using that label as a way to get elected.
The Washington Free Beacon reported that Gross told national donors during a DNC virtual happy hour Wednesday that “I will caucus with the Democrats. I’ve been an independent since I was 18, but if you look at my platform, you’ll see that most of my values are to the Left. I’ve met with leadership in the Senate and they are very understanding that my best pathway to win is to remain as an independent.”
But Gross’s campaign has stated exactly the opposite, saying in a July ad that he was “running for U.S. Senate as an independent Alaskan… out here, if you can’t think for yourself, you won’t survive.”
The Free Beacon continues that:
“Gross’s admission may harm his ability to distance himself from national Democrats in historically red Alaska, which President Donald Trump won by nearly 15 points in 2016.
“According to University of Alaska Fairbanks political scientist Jerry McBeath, 58 percent of the state’s electorate identify as ‘nonpartisan and undeclared,’ meaning that ‘if you’re aiming for the mass of Alaska voters, you would talk about yourself as an independent candidate.’
“‘There are all these [positions] that the national Democratic Party has that are unpopular in Alaska, such as the Second Amendment—gun control and gun rights and the like—and of course the abortion issue,’ McBeath told the Washington Free Beacon. ‘It’s an uphill battle for Gross in this election.’
“Gross will face off against incumbent senator Dan Sullivan (R.) in November. The Cook Political Report rates the race ‘likely Republican.’ Senate editor Jessica Taylor told the Free Beacon that while Alaska has a ‘history of electing independent-minded senators,’ Gross could struggle to shake his ties to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.).
“‘Even though he’s running as an independent, he does have the backing of national Democrats, and that’s something that Sullivan and Republicans will really hammer home,’ Taylor said.”
This is the strategy many Leftists running in red states use—they pretend to be moderate to get elected and then turn to their real selves once they get into power. No one should fall for this trick from any liberal claiming to be “moderate” or “independent,” because they are all cut from the same radical Left cloth.