Alaska Senate Candidate Scott McAdams On The DNC: ‘They Don’t Know My Name’

Sep 22, 2010 5:13pm

ABC's Michael Falcone reports:

Alaska’s Democratic Senate candidate Scott McAdams finally got his revenge.

In an interview with ABC’s Jonathan Karl and Rick Klein on Wednesday’s edition of “Top Line,” McAdams responded to an unintentional slight committed by Democratic National Committee Communications Director Brad Woodhouse who was unable to recall McAdams’ name the day after he won the Democratic primary in Alaska.

On Wednesday McAdams fit in a half-joking jab at the DNC spokesman.

“You know they don’t know my name, and I don’t know their name,” McAdams said, adding: “I think his name’s Woodhouse.”

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When asked by Karl on the August 25 "Top Line" broadcast to name the Democratic Senate candidate in Alaska, Woodhouse could not: "Well, our candidate in Alaska — his name is not Lisa Murkowski."

McAdams who is going up against Tea Party-backed Republican candidate Joe Miller as well incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who lost the GOP primary, but officially launched a write-in candidacy last week said that he has been getting some help from the national Democratic Party apparatus.

“The DSCC is sending three staff up to us, up to our campaign. Human resources is incredibly important,” he said. “When the DSCC comes to us, if they come to us, we’ll be here. We’re ready to win, but you know I’m not sure exactly what all of their internal processes are, but I do know that there’s a lot of Alaskans and the Alaskan Democratic Party stands unified behind our candidacy.”

The Alaska Democrat, who is the mayor of Sitka, said his campaign was working to raise $1 million before November and had taken in $300,000 since the primary. In the interview, McAdams did not appear to relish the idea of visits by big-name Democrats, including President Barack Obama, to boost his candidacy. In fact, he indicated high-profile attention might hurt more than help.

“I’ve never talked to President Obama, I’ve never met President Obama, and two weeks ago the national Democratic Party didn’t even know my name,” he said. “What I do know is that Joe Miller was groomed and hand-selected by Sarah Palin. I think it’s important for a national audience to understand that Sarah Palin is about as popular as Barack Obama in Alaska.”

When asked to grade the job Obama was doing, McAdams said he would only give the president a “C+.”

Despite the potential for Miller and Murkowski to split the Republican vote in the three-way race, McAdams still faces long odds if the most recent polls from Alaska are to be believed. A Rasmussen survey conducted on Sept. 19 showed Miller with a big lead. The Tea Party favorite was polling at 42 percent compared to 27 percent for Murkowski and 25 percent for McAdams. Another 6 percent of voters were either undecided or said they would vote for another candidate.

Even McAdams acknowledged that the enthusiasm behind the Miller campaign was real: “I mean his base is solid. I mean the folks who believe in him have got a fervor for him that I think will stay throughout the course of this election.”

McAdams said that he and Murkowski were likely competing for the same moderate and independent voters and said that “the biggest threat to Alaska, and even to this country is Joe Miller and his narrow Tea Party views.” He warned that a write-in vote for Murkowski on Election Day “is a vote for Miller.

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