This afternoon on her daily radio show on 1020 FM KVNT Anchorage Assemblywoman Amy Demboski said Alaska Republican Party Vice-Chairman Rick Whitbeck called her last night and threatened her.
The threat from the Vice-Chairman came after Demboski came out vocally in support of former Republican and now Alaska Libertarian Party Senatorial candidate, Joe Miller over the Alaska Republican Party’s candidate, Sen. Lisa Murkowski.
According to Demboski, Whitbeck said that she would be “Kicked out of the Party” if she did or said anything to support Miller’s campaign. Demboski went on to say she feels Miller, not Murkowski, is the candidate who actually represents the Republican Party platform.
Taking exception to what Demboski said, Whitbeck called in to defend the call. What followed was a heated discussion of party rules and who is the real conservative candidate. That conversation escalated to the point of Demboski throwing Whitbeck off the air.
You can listen to the full exchange below.
In segment one, Demboski lays out the substance of the Tuesday night conversation with Whitbeck. In segment two, Demboski takes calls and towards the end, Whitbeck calls in. In segment three, the conversation gets heated, and Demboski throws Whitbeck off the show. THEY ARE ALL WORTH A LISTEN.
Amy Demboski Show Segment 1 (12:44)
Amy Demboski Show Segment 2 (11:17)
Amy Demboski Show Segment 3 (9:53)
In an interview this evening Rick Whitbeck disputed Ms. Demboski’s account of their Tuesday night phone conversation.
Whitbeck said he called Demboski not to threaten her with removal from any Alaska Republican Party post, but rather to offer her a new one, albeit temporarily. Whitbeck said, “I called her last night to see if she would be willing to sit in as the Assistant Secretary for the SCC meeting on Saturday.”
When asked how that conversation devolved into his telling Demboski that she would be barred from party activity if she openly supported Joe Miller, Whitbeck said, “I never did.”
Whitbeck said that after Demboski made clear that she would be supporting Miller over Murkowski he did explain to her that party rules say those involved in the party structure, even at a district or precinct level, are expected to support the Party’s nominee for every position. Whitbeck was adamant that his explanation never crossed the line into indicating that either he or anyone else in party leadership had any plans to act on those rules concerning Demboski.
Whitbeck said he went so far as to reiterate that he wanted Demboski to serve in the Assistant Secretary role for the Party this weekend even after she made clear she would be openly supporting Miller.