Meet Palin’s Extremist Political Pals

Maddow and Max Blumenthal discuss Palin And The Alaskan Secessionists

Blumenthal and Neiwart each went on separate trips to Alaska, to interview extremists Mark Chryson and Steve Stoll who helped launch Sarah Palin’s political career in Alaska. What they received in return was influence over all policy that came across her desk; as Chryson puts it “Her door was open,” says Chryson – and still is. Here is a in-depth look at the right-wing pals Sarah Palin is associated with.

On the afternoon of Sept. 24 in downtown Palmer, Alaska, as the sun began to sink behind the snowcapped mountains that flank the picturesque Mat-Su Valley, 51-year-old Mark Chryson sat for an hour on a park bench, reveling in tales of his days as chairman of the Alaska Independence Party. The stocky, gray-haired computer technician waxed nostalgic about quixotic battles to eliminate taxes, support the “traditional family” and secede from the United States.

So long as Alaska remained under the boot of the federal government, said Chryson, the AIP had to stand on guard to stymie a New World Order. He invited a Salon reporter to see a few items inside his pickup truck that were intended for his personal protection. “This here is my attack dog,” he said with a chuckle, handing the reporter an exuberant 8-pound papillon from his passenger seat. “Her name is Suzy.” Then he pulled a 9-millimeter Makarov PM pistol – once the standard-issue sidearm for Soviet cops – out of his glove compartment. “I’ve got enough weaponry to raise a small army in my basement,” he said, clutching the gun in his palm. “Then again, so do most Alaskans.” But Chryson added a message of reassurance to residents of that faraway place some Alaskans call “the 48.” “We want to go our separate ways,” he said, “but we are not going to kill you.”

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