Palin’s selection as VP creates interesting scenario in Alaska

By Rigel Anderson

Aug 29, 2008 7:49pm

ABC News’ Rigel Anderson reports:

If Sarah Palin becomes Vice-President of the United States an interesting domino effect could take place in the government of her home state, Alaska.  The constitutional line of succession would cause the gubernatorial responsibilities to fall to Lt. Governor Sean Parnell.

Sean Parnell is currently in a republican primary to run for the solitary Alaskan seat in the House of Representatives.  The primary, conducted Tuesday, Aug 26th, is currently too close to call.  Should the Lt. Governor prevail in that contest and then win the seat in November, coupled with a win for the McCain-Palin ticket, the Governorship would fall to the Attn. General Talis Colberg.  Colberg was appointed by Palin in 2006.  Under the Alaska constitution the Governor chooses who succeeds the Lt. Governor.  Palin selected  Attn. General Colberg to succeed to Lt. Governor Parnell, if necessary, early in her term.

Colberg would only become governor for 60 days, however, at which point there would be a special election to elect a governor to fill out the rest of the current term which ends in 2010.  The new Governor would then appoint a Lt. Governor.

"Under a certain sequence of events I would have my Alexander Haig moment," Colberg told the press on Friday.

Today Senator John McCain reasserted his maverick credentials by choosing the first term Alaska governor.  "This honor is a testament to the reforms and progress we have made together in Alaska," Palin said in a statement to the media.

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