The Alaska Independence Party is equivalent to neoconfederates here in the lower 48. Sarah Palin attempted to appoint AIP member Steven Stohl to the city council seat that she vacated when she was elected Mayor of Wasilla. The council blocked the appointment based on Stohl’s violent reputation. Stohl had also donated $1000 to Palin’s mayoral campaign. Additionally Palin’s husband belonged to the AIP and Mrs. Palin attended and supported functions.
I don’t see how Palin’s intimate acquaintance with secessionists are not relevant when Barack Obama’s ties to 60’s radical Bill Ayers are getting extensive media play.