|Sen. Dyson introducing Joe Miller|
At Sunday's 'town hall' meeting at Central Middle School, Sen. Fred Dyson introduced Joe Miller to the audience. As part of the introduction, Dyson said he knew the Joe Miller was a great guy because he was married to Hugh "Bud" Fate's daughter. Dr. Fate [a Fairbanks dentist who served on the University of Alaska Board of Regents for years as well as in the legislature], he continued, wouldn't let any of his daughters marry someone who wasn't first rate.
|Hugh Fate son-in-law Dan Sullivan|
Well, I got caught up in writing about Miller's comments on East Germany, and put this on the back burner. But today as I was getting ready to post this I wanted to see if I could find something that showed that Kathleen Tompkins-Miller was Fate's daughter.
old legislative site for Fate had a section on family:
No Kathleen. But, of course, Miller would have corrected the record at the time if it weren't true. Wouldn't he?
Wife - Mary Jane
Children - Janine, Jennifer, Julie, Al H. Woods
Now I started scratching my head. I called Rep. Bob Lynn who had been at the Sunday event. I'd gotten to know him while I was in Juneau and had talked to him Sunday. He recalled Sen. Dyson making that introduction, so I hadn't been wrong about that. He said he thought there was a connection to the Fates but wasn't really sure. I mentioned the Dan Sullivan connection - Rep. Lynn had been in the confirmation hearings - and he thought, well, maybe that was it. He wasn't sure.
I called the Miller headquarters on Northern Lights, but I was told no one there had been to the Sunday event and they didn't know. They recommended I call Fred Dyson.
I left a message on Dyson's answering machine and followed up with an email. [Update Oct. 20, 9:30am: Dyson's office called this morning and when I said I'd gotten the answer, the woman said 'good' and hung up before I could ask anything more.][Update later Wednesday: Email from Fred Dyson said he confused Sullivan and Miller and thought Miller hadn't corrected him so as not to embarrass him.]
I called another legislator who didn't know, but suggested I call Dr. Fate in Fairbanks.
When I explained to Dr. Fate why I was calling he laughed and said that Sen. Dyson was confused. No, he was not related to Joe Miller in any way. In fact he'd asked Dyson whether Miller had refuted him. (Fate had gotten calls about this immediately after the meeting.) He asked me if I'd been there and if I'd heard any refutation. I told him I hadn't heard any correction.
|Dr. Hugh "Bud" Fate|
Dr. Fate said he was well known in the state, particularly in Fairbanks, and he was a little miffed that Miller hadn't corrected the record about Miller's relationship with Fate. He made it clear that there was no connection between himself and Joe Miller.
I asked if he was supporting Miller. He said he'd just made up his mind that he is voting for Lisa Murkowski.
[Dr. Fate's photo is from
his old legislative website.]