He was also a proxy of the Palins, who had been feuding with Murkowski for most of the '00s.
Given the fealty to Trump and the increasingly insane far right who dominate the GOP, I am not really sure what will happen, but at this point Murkowski toes the party line when it counts anyway, so I guess it doesn't matter.
was he there? i thought alan started at p&g in 1997. according to imdb, both melanie and mary ellen left the show in 1992.
but, it is true that when actors who were on the show prior to he arrival want to let it rip, he lets them go — witness rosemary printz. came across thoughts about the roots of her feud with irna phillips — have to scroll down a bit.