FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec. 10, 2016
Party votes to withdraw support from three Republican defectors
Anchorage, AK – The Alaska Republican Party State Central Committee today voted to withdraw support from three Republican sitting House members who have organized with a Democratic-led majority.
Gabrielle LeDoux of District 15-Anchorage, Paul Seaton of District 31-Homer, and Louise Stutes of District 32-Kodiak, defected from the Republican-led majority to accept powerful committee positions with a Democratic Party organization.
Although Republicans had won the majority of seats in both houses of the Alaska Legislature, the defection of the three caused the Alaska House to be controlled by Democrats for the first time in 22 years.
“These legislators snatched defeat out of the jaws of victory,” said Party Chairman Tuckerman Babcock, who had brought forward a motion to sanction the three. “It’s as if they put on a team shirt for the opposing team. We have every right to try to replace the vacancies they’ve left on our team.”
The three were given an opportunity to defend their actions before a vote was taken.
After discussion, the central committee took a vote to enforce its rules against the three, which means they will receive no financial support from the party or any district or Republican club, and that the party may seek to replace them.
The vote passed 56-4.
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Beloved former lawmaker will be remembered
Anchorage, AK – Alaska Republican Party Chairman Tuckerman Babcock made the following statement upon learning of the passing of former Fairbanks Representative Mike Kelly:
“Our hearts are with the Kelly family during this time of deep grief,” Babcock said. “Mike was an amazing Alaskan – warm-hearted, committed, always ready to roll up his sleeve for the good of the state. He will be missed for his wonderful sense of humor and his insights that came from a lifetime of being a true Alaskan. But he will be missed most of all by his family. Our deepest condolences to Cherie and the entire family.”
Anchorage, Alaska – Joshua Walton, a respected political adviser and campaign manager known throughout Alaska political circles, has been named executive director of the Alaska Republican Party. He takes over day-to-day operations today.
Walton recently ran the District 21 House campaign for Marilyn Stewart, and has assisted Sen. Mia Costello during her political campaigns. He was chief of staff for Rep. Liz Vazquez and worked in the legislative offices of both Costello and Rep. Craig Johnson.
Raised in Alaska, Walton earned his undergraduate degree in political economy from Hillsdale College, and an MA in quantitative research methods from Claremont Graduate University, School of Politics and Economics.
“Josh brings the kind of political acumen we need to move the party to the next level,” said Tuckerman Babcock, ARP chairman. “We’ve just come off of a tremendously successful election season where Republicans prevailed in all the marquee races, and now we’re going to focus on building the foundation for a robust, data-driven organization that will win back the governorship in 2018.”
The party also will be subleasing space from Dittman Research after having moved from the old Fireweed Lane building earlier this year. Babcock said the search for a permanent headquarters will continue but that the office at 502 W. Potter Drive gives the party the flexibility needed during an election off-year.
“We’ll be building the capacity of the Alaska Republican Party over the next few months, and a permanent location will be part of that,” he said.
Alaska Republican Party Chairman Tuckerman Babcock today issued the following comments in response to the 2016 General Election:
“Alaskans just won a more hopeful future for our state with President-elect Donald Trump. It means we won a stronger Supreme Court. It means we won with a more friendly Department of Interior. It means we have hope to unwind the disaster that is Obamacare.
"Nationally, Republicans won the President, the US Senate and the US House. We even added three more Republican governors, bringing the total to 33.
“We as Alaskans retained our winning team in Washington with Sen. Lisa Murkowski by a 15 percent margin, and Rep. Don Young’s resounding 14 percent margin. And we voted for Republican Donald Trump by a 15 percent margin."
“At the state level, Republicans retained control of the Senate, in spite of massive spending by Democrats to unseat Sens. John Coghill and Cathy Giessel. We won all three open seats."
“Republicans also retained control of the state House, 21-19, even though Democrats tried to plug themselves in as independents in a number of races. Republicans were outspent, but the Democrats bait-and-switch tactics came up empty. We retained eight open Republican seats and lost none. Just two incumbent Republicans were defeated, and although we came heartbreakingly close with some Democrat incumbents, our challengers did not prevail.
“The takeaway is that Alaska is solidly conservative, with statewide candidates sweeping by a surprisingly uniform 15 percent margin. Voters chose the Republican team: Fiscal responsibility, jobs and development, low taxes, and smaller and less intrusive government. That message has come across loud and clear.”
Interior Fairbanks GOP Friday Luncheon schedule:
The five-page letter to the Federal Election Commission that summarizes the complaint against Libertarian Joe Miller is included here:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 24, 2016
Tuckerman Babcock outlines illegal use of business, other complaints
Anchorage, Alaska – Alaska Republican Party Chairman Tuckerman Babcock today filed a complaint against Libertarian Joe Miller and his company, Restoring Liberty, LLC, for numerous violations of election laws.
Miller is the Libertarian candidate who is running for U.S. Senate.
The complaint outlines violations that appear specifically intended to mislead the public by concealing the Miller campaign’s acceptance of unlawful corporate contributions, and the reporting of made-up “in-kind” contributions that create a false impression of the sources and level of support for his candidacy. Miller also concealed and omitted thousands of dollars in expenditures in the third quarter for the purpose of creating an impression that he had more resources available than he actually does. Finally, Miller’s campaign is not including required disclaimers on his communications and materials.
Reporters interested in following this story should contact Suzanne Downing, Communications Director, Alaska Republican Party, at firstname.lastname@example.org
“Meet the Candidates Sunday” takes place at 11 am on Oct. 23 at Anchorage Baptist Temple on East Northern Lights Blvd.
Candidates will have the opportunity to introduce themselves to the congregation as well as the live television and online audiences who tune into the weekly broadcast every Sunday.
The event takes place during the regular Sunday morning service at 11 am and will be broadcast throughout Anchorage and around the state several times before the Nov. 8 general election.
Candidates should arrive at 10:30 a.m. in the lobby of the auditorium. Tables will be provided in our lobby for their use in setting out campaign materials.
Candidates should RSVP to Glenn Clary at 907-333-6535 or email@example.com. Clary will also take care of candidate reserved seating arrangements for candidates, their families and any staff that may attend with them.