The LeDoux Attacks

Political attacks in Juneau have stepped up in the past two weeks.  It feels like late October, with a General election around the corner.  Of course, that’s a long ways away.

The anonymous (not anonymous) attack mailers on Representatives Les Gara, Jason Grenn, Scott Kawasaki and Paul Seaton helped create that election-right-around-the-corner feel.  These mailers may have annoyed these legislators, but it didn’t hurt them politically or practically .  Gara was mainly concerned that he was being mocked for gaining weight.  Imagine his relief when the same portly cartoon body was used on svelte Grenn and Kawasaki.


But the most acidic vitriol is aimed at Representative Gabrielle LeDoux.  Whether it’s her Rules Committee meeting of last week, or the existence of her leadership PAC, the Republican Old Guard is on full-attack mode.  She’s being attacked for taking lobbyist dollars for her leadership PAC–but the Republican Party Senate and House PACs solicit the same lobbyists, and more, before and after every session.  Having a leadership PAC for an individual legislator is new in the Alaska legislature, but not for the Republican Party’s Senate Leadership committee, House Leadership committee, or of our Federal office holders.  They have had one for years.

Paul Jenkins’ recent attack column goes after LeDoux, with the Alaska Republican Party commenting like this on Facebook.

The Republicans are out to get LeDoux, ostensibly because she organized with House Democrats and Independents.  But when GOP chairman Tuckerman Babcock’s mother-in-law, Lyda Green, did the same thing–not a peep.

LeDoux is brave, feisty and a canny operator.  Her PAC, like all political fundraising, is unpopular with the public.  But it’s unlikely that she gets beat in a Primary or General election in 2018.  Its safe to say that she has made strong alliances with folks that will want her to stay active in the House organization.


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9 Comments on "The LeDoux Attacks"

  1. Kevin Kastner | May 1, 2017 at 10:28 am | Reply

    To be clear, I’m far from being “old guard” anything and my vitriol is aimed at any self-serving politician regardless of their affiliation. Bad behavior deserves to be publicly aired. My criticism is also not new in regard to LeDoux.

    From 2016

    It’s not about you Gabby

    • If this is the kind of amendment that the guy makes, then I fully support Gabrielle LeDoux’s desire to shut him down;

      “State Rep. David Eastman said some Alaskans are glad to become pregnant, so that they can have a Medicaid-funded trip to Anchorage or Seattle to have an abortion. Eastman didn’t provide evidence for this, but said he had been told this by friends and acquaintances. Eastman made his remarks after working to amend a resolution to proclaim next April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month. Eastman’s amendment inserted a statement that abortion is the “ultimate form of child abuse.”

      For the full 5/3/17 article;

  2. So I watched the clip below……and I’m not sure what the complaint is because I don’t know what the amendment was about. I do know that Eastman is considered by many to be obnoxious, so it would be interesting to know how exactly he wanted to change the bill. All in all, without more information, this really isn’t that great of an example of “tyranny”.

    • Kevin Kastner | May 2, 2017 at 1:03 pm | Reply

      So you approve of her demeanor and would appreciate the same treatment had it been Ivy Sponholz who was offering an amendment? The context is only loosely relevant, the key issue is her failure to show respect for the process, the office, the position or the constituents of other Representatives. Note: She reconvened the committee yesterday (Monday), heard his amendment and voted to support it. Her apology was either forced or coached, but far from sincere. This will only escalate, and rightly so.

      • akbatgirly | May 2, 2017 at 1:35 pm | Reply

        I’m saying that I’ve been a part of a bill becoming law once, and that I cannot judge what was really going on with this very brief snippet that you provided. For all I know, she had told Eastman that it was going to be a quick procedural thing that they would readdress at a future time, and the guy just didn’t want to be cooperative. I have a hard time labeling the woman a “tyrant” without more context than was provided.

        And your comment about Ivy Sponholz pretty much blows your claim below that your vitriol is aimed, “regardless of affiliation”. You immediately assumed that because I don’t all out agree that Gabriel LeDoux is evil because she didn’t want to address an amendment at this particular time, that I must be a fan of Ivy Sponholz? It seems to me that you are all about affiliation.

        • Kevin Kastner | May 2, 2017 at 1:39 pm | Reply

          You can watch the entire video, nothing pertinent is missing. Re: Ivy is not about party, it was meant to illustrate that the behavior is unsavory regardless if the target (Eastman) is obnoxious as you pointed out, or someone you “might” consider less obnoxious (like Ivy). Pick anyone, and in any case, LeDoux was out of line. Defend the action if you want, but I cannot.

          • akbatgirly | May 2, 2017 at 4:26 pm |

            Well if you think that what Gabriel LeDoux did in this video is unsavory, then you must have absolute fits about Don Young. I’ll be sure to tune in here to see you calling him to the carpet the next time he gets going at somebody.

          • akbatgirly | May 4, 2017 at 11:34 pm |

            Also looking forward to your commentary on Republican State Senator David Wilson allegedly slapping an ADN reporter across the face yesterday.

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