I knew I liked Alaskans...
And this story just reinforces it.
"In 1991, the state representative from Nome faced federal gun charges. Six unregistered machines guns and a 50 mm Soviet mortar were found in Richard Foster's possession.
In many other places, such troubles could be grounds for a recall or at least cold shoulders. Instead, Foster's constituents threw a fundraiser to help pay for his defense. ... A Vietnam veteran and former Army captain, Foster grabbed the attention of federal agents when he asked a Juneau machinist to craft some submachine gun parts. But a sympathetic Nome jury acquitted Foster — to the applause of the gallery.
Now facing a more serious challenge — he has a life-threatening kidney disease and needs a transplant — friends once again are rallying to Foster's side.
Half a dozen people at the Alaska Capitol have offered him one of their kidneys, and more than 200 legislators, staff, lobbyists and well-wishers turned out in Juneau last month to raise money to help cover out-of-pocket expenses for him and his wife, Catherine."