Curiouser and curiouser
The brouhaha over the District 15 primary election balloting irregularities is beginning to read like a detective novel; it only gets curiouser and curiouser. As the Law Department investigates the election mess – or does not – a key player turns up dead.
Incumbent Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux says a California man she hired to do election outreach and vote mining – Charlie Chang – is dead of a stroke. He played a key role in LeDoux’s election win and was a central figure in the aftermath. His death should knock a dent in any investigation of what happened during the GOP primary election.
The race had LeDoux, a former Democrat and now a Republican who thinks she is a Democrat, facing off against political newcomer Aaron Weaver, a guy who believed he had no chance to win and did not even bother to campaign. But the initial count showed Weaver winning by three votes. Later counts had LeDoux as the winner.
All of that raised eyebrows, and why not? Seven dead people tried to obtain absentee ballots, and, yes, elections officials set aside 26 ballots because of irregularities – all of them for LeDoux, it turns out. Then there were the two living people who appear to have voted, but say they did not. Chicago would be proud.
LeDoux paid Chang more than $10,000 to turn out votes in Anchorage’ Hmong community and the effort in a Muldoon trailer park appears to have paid off, but with irregularities and strange voting patterns. Who can forget that when reporters from two different news media organizations went to the trailer park and started asking questions about the election, they were told by residents, “Ask Gabrielle.”
Whether the Department of Law will investigate or whether a grand jury will ever get to take a hard look at the election remains publicly undetermined, but Chang’s death likely means the voters in District 15 and across the state will never get the full story of what happened on primary election day.
It only gets curiouser and curiouser.