Old Guard CBC Stages Coup in Alaska GOP

WASHINGTON, DC, February 1, 2013 – In a hastily convened meeting Thursday night the outgoing leadership of the Republican Party of Alaska staged what amounts to a coup to oust the incoming Chairman and seize control of the party.

Two weeks ago, I wrote about the controversy over the election of reformer candidate Russ Millette to the Chairmanship of the Alaska GOP. Millette is a Republican Liberty Caucus member who represents the more libertarian/conservative wing of the party and party insiders did not want him to take control of their party and institute reforms.

During the lame duck tenure of the outgoing State Executive Committee, party insiders raised various charges against Millette and his Vice Chair Debbie Brown, which observers categorized as “trivial” and “irrelevant,” amounting to little more than vague financial questions and accusations of not being enough of a party loyalist. No actual rule violations of any substance were raised.


A plan was put forward to hold a hearing on the charges at the installation meeting of the Executive Committee on February 1st. Then, to the surprise of party members who described the action as “a sham” and “a witch hunt,” the hearing was moved forward a day so that the new committee members would not yet be seated or have a vote on the accusations.

Even more troubling to many party members was the notification right before the meeting that outgoing Chairman Randy Ruederich had cleaned out the party treasury of $35,000 and transferred the money to a bank in Juneau out of control of the Executive Committee, a classic “rule or ruin” tactic designed to make sure that if the new leadership takes over they will have no money to fund party operations.

Read more on this story HERE.

  • In a District 8 meeting Friday night the consensus of the majority of members (with the exception of 3 members on the executive committee) at the meeting expressed STRONG rejection of the illegal coup and last minute power grab against the will of elected delegates at the state convention in April of 2012. We are not against Debbie Brown. We are against the violation of Rule of Law that disenfranchised and invalidation of the will and work of Alaska delegates for the party leadership. Many members gave statements. It is our hope that the majority of Republican Districts would send very strong statements rejecting this action. Here is mine:

    “The Republican Party is a party of conservative value and principle: including defending and abiding by rule of law set forth in the Constitution and protecting our unalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The Republican Party platform is the most fiscally and socially conservative platform bar none.

    Sadly, our state party is being led by what could be called the Alaska mafia where they carry out mob rule with actions like the meeting held last night where a duly and legally elected chairman was lynched in what was nothing more than a kangaroo court.

    We as conservative Alaskan Republicans MUST stand against this kind of miscarriage of justice within our party. In this trial/hearing no violations of specific party rules were cited. There was no reference made to what exact party rule was broken only vague disagreements of personality, and management style were stated.

    Regardless of personal opinions about whether or not we as individuals like or support Russ Millette or his policies, we must stand for rule of law and against the travesty of justice in removing him from the office from which he was legally elected before he was even seated and sworn in.”

    • gracentruth

      Amen to that, Amy.

  • Vincent

    Corrupt RINO bastards have to go, beginning with LEASE-A MOO-COW-SKY!!!

  • The republican party is so insistant on committing political suicide. As long as they serve themselves be damned the citizen. Has our entire political body become poisoned? I think yes

  • Wise words from Daniel Hamm

    The Alaska Republican Party is on un-trodden ground. On January 31st the outgoing state party leadership chose not to accept the legitimately elected state chair, but instead staged a coup against him just hours before his term was set to begin. In doing so these party leaders have unwittingly laid siege to the very sacred fabric that our Republic was founded on- the respect for the succession of political power by popular vote.

    Before we are so quick to give up this foundational right that was purchased on blood stained battle fields by our ancestors, consider the oath you took the last time you pledged allegiance to the Flag, “and to the Republic for which it stands.” What does it stand for? It stands for the freedom to choose your own leaders by popular vote and have that vote respected by both the winner and the loser. The state party just violated that sacred principle for internal political or personality differences.

    You see our soldiers didn’t purchase this right with their own blood just for individual politicians or political party bosses that come and go like the change in seasons. They gave their lives for an ideal, a principle, a dream. They died for our constitution, our law, our right to choose. Don’t dishonor their memories by casting aside this sacred principle of freely choosing the succession of our elected leadership by popular vote, right here, right now, right under our noses.

    We chose a new leadership team at the 2012 state convention by means of a free and fair election. Just because the past administration didn’t like who was elected, it is no excuse to circumvent the election results. Doing so places cracks in the foundation of the very institution that placed them in power in the first place.

    It does not matter whether or not you personally like Mr. Millette. His qualities for leadership were determined and voted on by a majority of our state delegates at the 2012 Republican State Convention and therefore are not subject for debate. The issue here for debate is our adherence to our own party rules and the sacred tradition of honoring the succession of political power by majority vote. If we are too morally weak to challenge this evil our party will be hopelessly corrupted. You may argue that the old administration was just too powerful, too connected and too indispensable to be replaced by a free election. Charles de Gaulle once said, “The graveyards are full of indispensable men.”

    Where are our elected representatives, our district officers, or our state delegates on this grievous sin committed against Mr. Millette, the party rules, and our flag? To quote Theodore Roosevelt, “They have no more backbone than a chocolate éclair.” Those who are silent now and accept this vicious evil in our big tent for the sake of “party unity” remind me of the person King Solomon referred to when he said, “Like a trampled spring and a polluted well Is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.” (Proverbs 25:26 NASB)

    If we toss aside the results of free elections our Constitution and the Republican experiment of self-government will come to an end. Lack of moral courage in standing up to tyrants is what kills empires. Lack of moral courage in standing up to tyrants who don’t honor the results of free elections is what kills democracies. If we lose our moral courage now we will sound like T.S. Elliott who said, “This is the way the world ends, not with a bang but a whimper.”

    Let me point out the fallacy in just rallying around Debbie Brown and calling for “party healing” because she was lucky enough to survive her political inquisition for the present, and soon forgetting about the political assassination of Russ Millette. While we all rejoice and gather around and support Debbie Brown, it does not give us the excuse for quickly forgetting the evil done to Mr. Millette and not setting the evil right. Our ancestors pledged their lives, their fortunes and their scared honor to purchase your sacred right to vote and have that vote honored. Show them you are worthy to be called their descendants.

    I propose all forty state districts reject the result of the coup and recognize Mr. Russ Millette as the rightly elected Chair of the Alaska Republican Party and Mrs. Debbie Brown as the Vice Chair until the 2014 State Convention.

    Breaking our own rules and the rules of our Republic for the “good of the party,” (whatever that may be) is never acceptable. I believe that the succession of political power by majority vote is sacred to our Republic and shall not be infringed.