Anchorage AK - U.S. Senate Candidate and Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell is pleased to announce today the endorsement of Apollo 11 astronaut Dr. Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the Moon, and who recently celebrated the Forty-Fifth Anniversary of the July 20, 1969 Lunar Landing with a national campaign promoting next generation space exploration.
Treadwell said, “Alaska is a land of pioneers. And I am honored to receive the backing of one of the greatest pioneers of this or any generation.”
For his part, Aldrin said that he does not generally make endorsements, but having known and worked with Mead Treadwell for close to 30 years, he did not hesitate to add his name to his growing list of endorsements: Iditarod champion Martin Buser, Olympic snowboarder Ryan Stassel, Jim Palin, Erick Erickson of RedState, Retired General and University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton, former Lt. Governor Jack Coghill, former Senate President Drue Pearce, former Alaska House Speaker Gail Phillips, and Col. Catkin Kilcher Burton (USMC Ret.) to name only a few.
The 84-year old retired astronaut praised Treadwell for his work to improve the lives of Alaskans while helping to spearhead advances in science, technology, and energy exploration as the means to create new jobs:
“I have known and worked with Mead for close to thirty years, dating back to his first time advising NASA, on improving our nation’s space program. Mead is a champion of science, technology and exploration. He will continue to push for Arctic exploration that could produce more energy and jobs for America.”
Referencing the Lt. Governor’s work as Chairman of the Aerospace States Association, advocating for Alaska’s position as a growing aerospace center of excellence, working to help build the Kodiak Launch Site, and his work making Alaska a testing ground for UAVs, while working to safeguard privacy, Aldrin said: “Mead is dedicated to improving lives for Alaskans across the state.”
Aldrin noted that while he is not from Alaska, his connection to the state spans many years. He noted that Alaska sites were used to train Apollo astronauts, and that on regular visits here Aldrin has actively supported, with Treadwell, Alaska science and and education projects such as the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program and the SeaTrain, which brought 10,000 Anchorage fifth graders to the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward.
An avid sportsmen, Aldrin also noted that Alaska is a regular outdoor sports destination for him, whether skiing in Alyeska, rafting and fishing on the Kenai Peninsula, or boating on Prince William Sound.
“I have fished with Mead and Wally Hickel in Prince William Sound, and am looking forward to seeing Mead when I come for the Kenai Classic,” which starts the day after the primary election.
"This is an endorsement from an explorer who has never rested on his accomplishments," Treadwell said. "Neither should we. More of Alaska remains to be explored, understood, produced, and appreciated," Treadwell said.
"As a Senator, I will, stand for science and a strong University. I am honored by Buzz's support, especially given that Buzz Aldrin does not generally make endorsements, opting to work on space issues from a nonpartisan perspective. It has been tremendously rewarding to get to know and work with him in bringing together efforts that cross technology and geographic frontiers,” Treadwell added.
Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell has spent much of his 40 years in Alaska working to expand the state’s opportunities in aerospace, aviation, energy development and technology. In addition, Treadwell has worked on missile defense issues for two decades, and Alaskans were at the forefront of advocating a national missile defense that covered all 50 states.
[Buzz Aldrin for Mead Treadwell: Letter of Endorsement]
This is Buzz Aldrin, writing from one frontier to another. You know me from Apollo 11, the trip that Mike Collins, Neil Armstrong and I made to the Moon 45 years ago.
I know there has been a lot of talk about outside interference in your Senate race, so I hope you don’t mind the out-of-this-world suggestion from an Apollo 11 astronaut that your Lt. Governor, Mead Treadwell would make a great US Senator.
I have known and worked with Mead for close to thirty years, dating back to his first time advising NASA, on improving our nation’s space program. Mead is a champion of science, technology and exploration. He will continue to push for Arctic exploration that could produce more energy and jobs for America, and he’ll make sure we have the science to do it right.
I have fished with Mead and Wally Hickel in Prince William Sound, and am looking forward to seeing Mead when I come next week for the Kenai Classic.
Mead is dedicated to improving lives for Alaskans across the state. I admire Mead’s work as Chairman of the Aerospace States Association, standing up for Alaska’s position as a growing aerospace center of excellence. I admire his work to help build and build business for the Kodiak Launch Site. I admire what he did as Lt. Governor to bring the unmanned aircraft test bed to Alaska. I am proud of what he has done to stand up for privacy rights, as that new technology is used in the civil sector. We needed him especially when he took the initiative to help secure missile defense for the state of Alaska and for the country. Most importantly, I support what he’s done to make sure that the Last Frontier contributes to the next frontier in further space exploration.
The last thing I will say about Mead is that I, too, knew his late wife, Carol, and have admired what he’s done as a single parent to raise three great kids: Timothy, William and Natalie. I was glad to come to Alaska to raise money for the Alaska Sea Train, which, in memory of Carol, brought 10,000 kids to Seward to the Alaska Sea Life Center. I also have been to Alaska to support the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program. Many of these young students have gone on to be much more involved in nature, science, and exploration. Their curiosity is the foundation of our future.
Folks, when you vote on Tuesday, remember this: I’ve known Mead as an Alaskan ambassador for decades. He is someone who can help explain your unique problems and challenges in the US Senate. Mead was mentored by Wally Hickel and your other statehood founders and has worked across the world with the science community on major problems facing our country, but most importantly, he knows Alaska. Send to DC an Alaskan who knows Alaska.
All my best,
Dr. Buzz Aldrin
Astronaut, Apollo XI