JUNEAU — Senate Democrats this afternoon rejected Gov. Sarah Palin's appointment of Tim Grussendorf to the state Senate.
Palin appointed Grussendorf, a legislative aide, on Sunday to the seat that opened when Juneau Democrat Kim Elton resigned to take a federal job.
It was a controversial pick that Grussendorf's own party said immediately it would try to block.
The party has proposed that Juneau Rep. Beth Kerttula get the job.
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Grussendorf is chief of staff for Bethel Democratic Sen. Lyman Hoffman and his father is Ben Grussendorf, a former Democratic state House speaker from Sitka. He lost a race for the state House in 2002.
Palin has 10 days to submit another name.