Palin names Ross attorney general

COLORFUL: NRA board member's hero is Teddy Roosevelt.

March 26, 2009 

An Anchorage lawyer who has run for governor and is a National Rifle Association official is Gov. Sarah Palin's choice as the state's new attorney general.

Palin named Wayne Anthony Ross to the post on Thursday

His appointment must be confirmed by the Legislature.

Ross, a longtime figure in Alaska politics, twice sought the Republican nomination for governor. He is a former NRA vice president and current director.

Ross replaces Talis Colberg, who resigned Feb. 10 amid what Palin called a "harsh political climate."

Colberg was a central figure in "Troopergate," the Alaska Legislature's investigation into whether Palin or aides had pressured her public safety commissioner to fire a state trooper involved in a contentious divorce and custody battle with Palin's sister.

Colberg filed a lawsuit on behalf of seven state workers challenging legislative subpoenas. A judge rejected the lawsuit and the employees later testified.

Ross is a partner in a family practice law firm with offices on Fireweed Lane. He served in various capacities in Palin's gubernatorial campaign.

Anchorage Daily News is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service