SETBACKS

Palin's Attorney General Rejected

In Alaska, a nomination by Governor Sarah Palin is fast becoming the political kiss of death: Palin’s pick for attorney general, Wayne Anthony Ross, was roundly rejected today by the Alaska Legislature, 35-23. A fervent gun rights advocate, Ross came under a storm of criticism was a controversial pick for his characterization of gays as “immoral” and “degenerate.” This week he caused a stir after saying Democrats should fill Juneau’s much-debated vacant state Senate seat—whether it was legal or not. Palin said of Ross’ rejection: “I think there was a lot of politics of personal destruction involved in this and that’s a shame...I am surprised that, for what I believe is some personal petty political reasons, some lawmakers chose not to support a candidate who fit that bill.”