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New Sullivan ad pushes back against criticism of Alaska bona fides

Nathaniel Herz

Dan Sullivan, the Republican primary candidate for U.S. Senate, released a new ad Sunday pushing back against attacks he’s not Alaskan enough.

The ad features Sullivan and his wife, Julie Fate Sullivan, talking about the pair’s history in the state. At one point, Sullivan says: “I love Alaska — this is my home.”

Sullivan, who was born in Ohio and first moved to Alaska in 1997, has faced persistent attacks about his Alaska credentials from his two GOP primary rivals and from an independent group that supports incumbent Sen. Mark Begich, a Democrat.

Asked about the ad's message, Sullivan spokesman Mike Anderson said in an email: "To date, all of our TV ads have been about sharing Dan’s story, record and vision for Alaska with Alaskans – and this ad is no different. It highlights Julie and Dan’s deep commitment to making this state an even better place to live."

Begich last week released a new ad of his own that highlights how he held up the promotion of an Air Force lieutenant general in an effort to prevent the move of a squadron of fighter jets to Anchorage from Fairbanks.