Lawmaker who fought TSA to seek US House seat

AP News
Posted: Apr 11, 2012 9:37 PM
Lawmaker who fought TSA to seek US House seat

An Alaska state representative who made national headlines last year for refusing an airport security pat-down plans to run for the state's lone U.S. House seat.

Sharon Cissna says she wants to take her fight against the Transportation Security Administration to Washington, D.C., and also advocate for more economic opportunities.

The 70-year-old Democrat has a tough road, not only in challenging Rep. Don Young, who is seeking his 21st term, but also in campaigning.

Cissna has tried to avoid air travel when she must go through TSA checkpoints since last year refusing a security pat-down at a Seattle-area airport. Cissna, a breast cancer survivor, has said she considers pat-downs abuse and won't subject herself to it.

She says she and her husband plan to travel the state using a car, a motorhome, the ferry system and even a canoe. Small planes are also an option.