The Corrupt Bastards Club Strikes Again: Alaska Republican Party Chair Deposed

In yet another strike by Alaska’s RINO Establishment against the grassroots, Chair Debbie Brown was removed by a sham proceeding last night. The “trial,” held at a time that Ms. Brown was out-of-town and unable to defend herself against trumped-up charges, resulted in her removal from ARP office. The individual purporting to be the new chair of the ARP, Peter Goldberg, was never elected by the party delegates but was apparently hand-selected by insiders for his current position.

This is the second time this year that a duly-elected ARP Chair has been removed through a kangaroo court-type proceeding orchestrated by long-time party bosses. Not surprisingly, activists are outraged.

Attorney Wayne Anthony Ross, former GOP National Committeeman and long time Alaska Republican Party officer, wrote a protest earlier stating:

In January 2013, in a blatant attempt to retain power, the old guard filed fraudulent complaints and utilized flawed process and procedure, including a so-called “hearing” on January 31, seeking ouster of Chairman-Elect Russ Millette and Vice-Chairman Debbie Brown before they could even assume the positions to which they were elected.

He continued,

Ms. Brown has had two more spurious complaints filed against her. The first complaint was filed 49 days after Ms. Brown became Chairman and the second complaint was filed 63 days after she became Chairman.The most recent complaint was filed only 3 days ago, on Friday, April 5 and submitted by previous Chairman Ruedrich.

Mr. Ross argued that the scheduled hearing did not comply with the Rule of Law:

The timing of this hearing, the manner in which the hearing [was] scheduled and the surrounding circumstances, all show a clear and callous disregard for the ARP rules, due process, the rule of law, and the will of the 2012 ARP State Convention delegates.

He also mentioned that the outcome of the hearing had been predetermined, as a threatening email from the new chair, Peter Goldberg, revealed:

In a threatening e-mail sent to Chairman Brown by you, Vice-Chairman Goldberg, you stated that members of the SEC have already decided on ousting [Debbie Brown], only 49 days after she became Chairman. Thus, without a hearing, the SEC [had] already decided the outcome.

Prior to tonight’s sham hearing, a number of current and former ARP district chairs, delegates and other officers, wrote an Open Letter to the ARP, describing the nature of the conflict:

the present conflict is between those who support the transfer of power to our newly elected officers, and those who oppose that transfer of power. In a grassroots organization such as ours, in which all power is vested in delegates in convention assembled, and those who hold power at all other times do so only in trust, the present conflict amounts to no more, nor less, than a power grab by individuals who failed in their efforts to win election at the 2012 Republican State Convention. That these individuals have attempted to use the state executive committee hearing process to make up for their failed election campaigns, or failure to run for office, is an assault not only on the nature and function of the state executive committee, but also on the power and authority of the state convention and even the election process itself.

The letter concludes:

Those who desire to change the fundamental structure of our party in this way will meet our firm and unwavering resistance to any effort to do so.

It’s anybody’s guess how this mess will ultimately resolve. But in the short term you can be assured of messy politics as hardcore activists remain committed to fighting the ruling class and restoring constitutional government.

  • cords

    This is yet another reason why I left the Republican party. I will not waste a dime of my money supporting Rinos and their liberal policies. Rinos are pathetic creatures with no spine…very close to amebas and tend to live in the same pond of scum. They attempt remain in power despite their supporters wishes, are out of touch with conservative values and support every liberal policies that keeps them in power. I urge all Republican to withhold all donations to the Republican Party until all Rinos are removed.

    • mike

      Exactly why I left the party as well. Good Ridance.

  • CongressWorksForUs

    This cannot be resolved until the members of the Republican Party walk away from it..

  • Chicago Mafia is nothing compared to the Alaska Mafia! Alaska’s Al Capone won’t let that pesky “Rule of Law” and measly state and federal election law from carrying out their agenda to stay in power. They employed such tactics as were seen in January and now again last night (April 8), in 2008 as well as in 2010 to “elect” both Alaska US Senator Begich and Murkowski. Tyranny is well entrenched Alaska and surprisingly for some, it makes its home in the Alaska Republican party while the RNC aids, abetts, and the Court System turns a blind eye.

    • Goldberg isn’t exactly a Christian name.

      I will endure the cries of Anti-semitism (Arabs are also Semites).

      The Golden Calf has become a hollow Bronze Bull…

      If it wasn’t for white Christians with guns, we would all be writing here in German.

      Goldberg and Bloomberg would be a pair of lampshades.

  • Alaskan republicans should stay home next election and let the parties’ candidates lose all their bids for election! After their huge losses; then oust all the party leadership for gross incompetence in failing to get republicans elected to office and show them that the people are not going to play their games any longer!!

    • gracentruth

      We could vote Libertarian. Peace,

  • Now I know why they were called the corrupt bastards club by the media not so long ago. This battle against them cannot be lost. Fight on and win…

  • RINO you say. The problem is we have nothing but RINO in the Leadership in Alaska for sometime. Does not help that the National party places a RINO in a seat after she ran against the REPUBLICAN Candidate! Outrageous. Walking away is not the answer. Running off the Scum RINO’s is. The Demoncrats here have slipped into our Ranks and are doing this to us, by pretending to be one of us. We must remove them and get back on Track. There is no party without CONSERVATIVES!

  • I say, is a lynch mob necessary?
    bring back the “old west law”

  • Ok, the issues with Chairman Brown are fundamentally different that the issues with Chairman Millet. I’m sorry Joe, this time I see things very differently. When you spend hours working with folks to draft resolutions of support and then Deb Brown turns around on a radio show and names your district members as those obstructing her, then it becomes impossible to continue to support her.

    • Vincent

      This isn’t about Russ or Debbie. It’s about the CBC. They’re out of control.

      • The important thing is we must neutralize the AK mafia that is headed up by Randy Ruedrich, his hitman Frank McQueary, and his sidekicks, Colligan, Shulte, Shattuck, and others.

    • The differences don’t matter. The point is both coups were done as stated by Wayne Ross, “contrary to ARP rules which require a fair hearing” and “all show a clear and callous disregard for the ARP rules, due process, the rule of law, and the will of the 2012 ARP State Convention delegates.”

      It is not important who supported who. It wouldn’t matter if it was Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse. The importance is the rule of law was totally violated and the will of duly elected delegates through their votes at the 2012 state convention willfullly ignored and deliberately disenfranchised.

      This is the real problem. Not the personalities, aptitudes or abilities of Russ Millette and Debbie Brown. Unless Republicans can band together and demand that the rule of law and ALL Party rules as they are correctly interpreted are followed, carried out and adhered too, without exception or compromise, the ARP and in fact the RNC will fail. Restoring the honor, integrity, trust, and unity back the party in the only mission and goal of value that will heal the Repubican Party and get it back on track, serving our state. The only way I can see that happening is to revert back to the results of the 2012 state convention which elected Russ Millette Chairman and Debbie Brown VC.
      Rally all districts as was suggested in an open letter to demand that Russ and Debbie be re instated as electd at the 2012 Convention or face legal charges. Regardless of how it is gone about whether in support of both, or just Debbie, it will be a messy and long drawn out legal battle.

      Ruedrich and McQueary are old hands at this and basicly won the battle by sucessfully killing the re-convene of the illegally ended state convention. But that doesn’t mean just because they appear to have won a few battles that they have won the war.
      Then after that, if it is possible to revisit the unfinished business of the illegally convened convention and repeal the legacy rule that prevented the immediate and peaceful transition of power to Russ and Debbie, then they and all of us can work together to restore our party to be effective in getting real conservative Republicans elected instead of establishment elitist RINOs like Murkowski.

      Once Russ and Debbie have completed one term of office, if the duly elected delegates want a change in leadership, they can vote some others in, legally and according to ARP rules and Robert’s Rules of Order.

    • joewmiller

      Thanks, Barbara. This isn’t about personality or even competency. It’s about process; the rule of law. See the comments made by Ross above.

  • mrbp

    Do these nazis hunt? With all the hunting accidents that happen every year, you never know when its going to be your time. Alaska use to be nice place to visit. Good thing its way up there. No need to ever go there again.

  • mjnellett

    establishment Progressives of all parties don’t care about anything but their own power. It seems that it is time to walk away from the two party system and allow the “people” to once again be free to choose their own leaders, that are NOT preordained.