JUNEAU, ALASKA (AP) - A weekslong standoff between Gov. Sarah Palin and Alaska Democrats over a vacant Senate seat has ended with her appointment of former Juneau Mayor Dennis Egan to the job.
The governor’s office announced Egan’s appointment Sunday afternoon about six hours before the deadline for adjournment of the 2009 legislative session. The 62-year-old Egan was sworn in by Senate President Gary Stevens shortly before the Senate adjourned.
Palin and Senate Democrats, who were required to approve her pick, have locked horns over the selection since former Sen. Kim Elton resigned in early March to take a job with the Obama administration.
Egan is a longtime Alaska broadcaster and the son of Bill Egan, the state’s first governor.
Current Juneau Mayor Bruce Botelho proposed Egan a week ago as a compromise candidate.