Senate Republicans Face Pressure to reject Governor's Pick

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Alaska Senate Republicans face pressure from within their party to reject Governor Bill Walker's pick to fill an open Senate seat after the independent Walker sidestepped a list of GOP finalists in making his selection.
Senate President Pete Kelly said Monday that Senate Republicans plan to meet early this week to discuss Walker's appointment of Randall Kowalke to replace former Sen. Mike Dunleavy of Wasilla, who resigned to run for governor.
Kelly did not specify a day.
Kowalke is a Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly member.
He was one of 11 applicants for the seat, but not on the list of finalists submitted to Walker for consideration by Republicans from Dunleavy's district.
Walker would not say if he had concerns with the three finalists advanced by the district, saying simply that he wanted to look more broadly at his options.
He told The Associated Press that Kowalke had more support than the other applicants.