Dem hopeful says ‘don’t lock me out’ of Alaska race just because she’s never stepped foot in the state

Carol Hafner is running for Congress as a candidate on Alaska’s Democrat primary ballot.

The only problem is, Hafner lists a home address in New Jersey.

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Not only has she never even been to Alaska, the Democratic candidate said she has no plans to campaign in the state, but is serious about her run, the Associated Press reported.

Hafner hopes to challenge Rep. Don Young, R-AK., but listed a New Jersey home and mailing address on her filing paperwork, along with a South Dakota address at a mail-drop location popular with RVers, according to the news agency.

The 64-year-old woman told AP she travels extensively and considers South Dakota her base, and that she was “on my way out” of New Jersey.

But apparently not on her way to Alaska.

Hafner finds herself in a competitive primary with several other candidates, not that the Alaska Democrat Party is pleased.

“You may have a right to run, doesn’t mean you’re going to be well-received, or it’s going to be an easy campaign for you,” said executive director Jay Parmley. “If you’re not from somewhere, that’s a pretty tall order.”

Hafner has a well produced website set up, as well as a Twitter account.

And she insists that she wants “to do good in a place that I feel a kinship for.”

“Don’t lock me out just because I’m not a homeboy,” she implored. “You ought to be thankful that I care enough and I’m interested enough and passionate enough to want to make things better. I’m certainly permitted to do what I have done.”

She certainly sounds like a Democrat:

For the record, the U.S. Constitution requires a person serving in Congress to meet age and citizenship requirements and inhabit the state at the time elected, AP noted.

Making a strange story all the more stranger, it appears that Hafner’s son, Eric, who also listed the New Jersey address, had a failed run as a Democrat in an Oregon U.S. House primary earlier this year.

Hafner told the AP that her son also ran unsuccessfully in the Republican primary for a U.S. House seat in Hawaii in 2016.

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