Thanks, but ...
One guy at Adobe said it could be done using the owner property.
I'm a little vague as to how it would be done but what he said was this.
Alex Harui, said "And one way to do that might be to put an id=”foo” on the DropDownList and watch for the “open” event and set foo.dropDown.owner = this;"
I could reach dropDown from foo if I didn't use a skin but couldn't reach owner,
And if I used a skin dropDown was not available.