Still no answers
It is nothing short of refreshing to hear the heads of Alaska’s major political parties agreeing that the state’s “no comment” on whether it is investigating possible voter fraud in the District 15 GOP primary election is simply unacceptable.
Jay Parmley, executive director of the Alaska Democratic Party, and Tuckerman Babcock, chairman of the Alaska Republican Party, agree it is time for the state to tell Alaskans whether it is investigating that particular race, KTVA reports. The station says it has filed three requests with state officials for information, but has been denied.
“What has been alleged is the most serious case of possible case of voter fraud that I think the state of Alaska has ever seen,” Parmley told KTVA.
“I’m not saying they should move extra fast to indict someone just before an election, but if they’re doing an investigation, and denying the public information about previous investigations or ongoing collection of information, they at least should make that public,” Babcock said.
With just six days left before the Nov. 6 general election, there are myriad questions unanswered about the flawed District 15 GOP primary contest where at least seven dead people – that’s right, seven – asked for ballots. Those questions should be answered before Alaskans go to the polls.
The race pitted Republican-in-name-only Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux against political newcomer Aaron Weaver. Along with the seven dead prospective voters, 26 ballots were yanked because of residency or legitimacy questions. All of them were for LeDoux.
Nobody is saying anything about the race or whether anybody is asking questions. Not Gov. Bill Walker. Not the Department of Law. No word on a grand jury. Nothing about an investigation. The word is: mum. All this from the administration Walker once promised would be the most transparent ever.
Most of the contest’s oddities, it turns out, were centered in a single Muldoon trailer park where some of Anchorage’s 6,000-strong Hmong community reside. When pesky reporters asked folks who live there why so many were voting from only a few trailers, they famously replied, “Ask Gabrielle.”
LeDoux reportedly paid Charlie J. Chang, of Fresno, California, $10,000 to help her reach into the Hmong community for support. What Chang did remains an unanswered question. He since has died.
LeDoux fell out with Republicans after she joined the Democrat-led House majority last year and was rewarded with an important legislative post for the switch. Initial District 15 vote counts put her only three votes ahead of Weaver. When all the ballots were counted, she won 456-339. Weaver withdrew and the Republican Party is backing Jake Sloan, an East Anchorage write-in candidate.
Alaskans are owed answers. Perhaps the Walker administration should let us know it is at least asking questions.