Wayne Ross

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Wayne Anthony Ross (born February 25, 1943) is an American attorney residing in Alaska. In 2009, Ross was nominated to be Alaska Attorney General by then Governor Sarah Palin. His nomination was rejected by the Alaska Legislature on April 16, 2009.[1] Ross is a current director of the National Rifle Association, and previously served as its vice president.[2]

Ross has been active in Alaska politics for decades, running in the Republican gubernatorial primaries twice and serving on Palin's gubernatorial campaign.[2] He has been active in lobbying for gun rights and against gun control, and in the pro-life movement. In 2003, Ross defended a man who had poured buckets of water onto Iraq war protesters, arguing that the man was exercising his right to free speech by dousing the protesters with water.[3]

Ross' nomination to be Alaska Attorney General was controversial. In 1993, he wrote a letter to the state bar association, arguing against a law which would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. In the letter, Ross wrote: "This bill seems to give extra rights to a group whose lifestyle was a crime only a few years ago, and whose beliefs are certainly immoral in the eyes of anyone with some semblance of intelligence and moral character." He went on to describe gay Alaskans as "degenerates" who engage in "sexual perversion".[4][5] Questioned about these statements during his confirmation hearings, Ross compared his distaste for homosexuals to his distaste for lima beans,[4] and stated that he would uphold state laws regardless of his personal opinions on homosexuality or lima beans.[6] Ultimately, Ross' nomination was rejected by the Alaska Legislature on April 16, 2009, by a vote of 35 – 23, the first time an Alaska Governor's cabinet appointee failed confirmation.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Lawmakers reject Ross as attorney general". Anchorage Daily News. April 16, 2009. Retrieved April 16, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Palin names Ross attorney general". Anchorage Daily News. March 26, 2009. Retrieved April 16, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Who's Wayne Ross?". Anchorage Daily News. March 26, 2009. Retrieved April 16, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b "Reject Ross". Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. April 16, 2009. Retrieved April 16, 2009. 
  5. ^ Yardley, William (April 15, 2009). "For Gov. Palin, a Rough Return to the Day Job". New York Times. Retrieved April 16, 2009. 
  6. ^ Cockerham, Sean (April 11, 2009). "Ross stands up to grilling in House". Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved April 16, 2009. [dead link]