Resignation shakes up Alaska’s governor’s race

  • In this Sept. 21, 2015 file photo, Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott addresses a news conference in Anchorage, Alaska. The governor of Alaska says Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott has resigned over unspecified "inappropriate comments." The move upends what was already a difficult re-election fight for Gov. Bill Walker. Mallott's decision was announced Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, shortly after Walker participated in a debate in Anchorage. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)
  • Alaska Gov. Bill Walker looks on while the state’s new lieutenant governor, Valerie Davidson, addresses a news conference Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, in Anchorage, Alaska. Davidson was sworn in Tuesday after former Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott resigned after the governor’s office said he made “inappropriate comments.” (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

JUNEAU, Alaska — In a stunning October surprise, Alaska’s lieutenant governor resigned Tuesday for making unspecified “inappropriate comments,” imperiling the re-election hopes of Gov. Bill Walker, a man with whom he shared a brother-like bond.