|New Alaska GOP Chairman Russ Millette|
In April of last year, a cadre of "new guard" Republicans swept into leadership positions in the Alaska Republican Party, rankling some "establishment" party folks who had perhaps become used to a certain modus operandi under the long reign of party chair Randy Ruedrich. Now, chairman-elect and constitutional conservative Russ Millette may face being unseated before ever getting to properly assume the role he was voted into last year, thanks to complaints filed against him and other new party stewards by the existing Alaska Republican Party leadership.
Joining Millette in having complaints lodged against them are vice-chair-elect Debbie Brown and two district officials. If both Millette and Brown are removed from office at a party hearing resulting from the complaints, a new election will have to be held to fill their vacant seats, effectively undoing much of the coup that was pulled off by tea party and constitutional conservative Republicans in spring of 2012.
Ruedrich himself filed the complain against Brown -- who had also served as the party's vice-chair of District 34 from her home in Kasilof -- on Jan. 2. In it, he alleges that she had failed to properly apportion funds for her district in the wake of the redistricting process that shifted Alaska's electoral maps in 2011. Additionally, Debbie Brown and her husband, Jack Brown -- who served as treasurer of the district -- are accused of failing to properly report their district's earnings and expenditures to the Alaska Public Offices Commission.
"This irresponsible management of party funds by an Alaska Republican Party leader will do material harm to the Alaska Republican Party and its fund raising capabilities," the complaint said. "With access to a bigger bank account, more egregious mismanagement is a serious concern."
Now to be clear no matter who prevails here the Alaskan GOP will remain a deeply corrupt organization, and all of this is kind of like watching Mafia members offing each other in front of a restaurant in the hope of coming out on top.
However the Joe Miller group is an entirely different, and potentially worse group, of miscreants than the ones currently running the show.
For one thing they are connected to Miller, who is a frighteningly paranoid lunatic who believes that the job of the Republican party in Alaska is to fight the Federal government on all things, and who of course has deep ties to Sarah Palin. (Remember this idea of taking over the Republican party was originally HER idea.)
I am reasonably certain that Russ Millette is only a puppet, and that his strings are being pulled by Joe Miller, and more than likely, Sarah Palin.
No WONDER the Alaska GOP is trying so hard to keep their hands off of the Republican money!