Persily criticized his former employer, then-Governor Sarah Palin, as John McCain's choice for vice president. Until June 2008, he had worked as the Washington, DC liaison for the state government of Alaska. "She's not qualified, she doesn't have the judgment, to be next in line to the president of the United States," said Persily in August 2008.
In December 2009, Democratic Senator Mark Begich recommended Persily for the Obama administration post.
^ abPat Forgey, "Persily wins confirmation in US Senate: Begich says Obama will elevate position into executive office", Juneau Empire, March 11, 2010. Found at Jurneau Empire website. Accessed September 12, 2010.
^ abcTony Hopfinger and Ken Fireman, "McCain Defends Sarah Palin as Some Alaskans Question His Choice," August 31, 2008. Found at Bloomberg News. Accessed August 10, 2010
^AP, "Begich Comments on Larry Persily as U.S. Pipeline Coordinator; President accepts Begich recommendation for important post," December 29, 2009. Found at 830AM KSDP Radio News. Accessed September 12, 2010.