Treadwell Announces Campaign for US Senate

Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell says he will run for U.S. Senate in 2014, seeking the seat now held by Mark Begich

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by Associated Press

JUNEAU - Alaska Republican Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell has announced plans to seek the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Democrat Mark Begich.

Treadwell says that as long as Democrats control the Senate, there will never be serious consideration of opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling.
   
He said Alaskans also would be better served with Sen. Lisa Murkowski in charge of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Murkowski, Alaska's senior senator, is currently the ranking member.
   
Treadwell said his campaign will fight to reverse what he calls the Obama administration's "relentless assault" on families and freedoms.
   
Democrats sought to cast Treadwell as affluent and out-of-touch, with state party chair Mike Wenstrup saying the lieutenant governor has done "nothing for Alaska except trying to make it harder to vote."

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