Oath Keepers Member From Alaska Will Keep His State House Seat

The plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging the eligibility of state Rep. David Eastman, R-Wasilla, to hold office said Tuesday that he will not appeal a judge’s decision allowing Eastman to retain his seat in the Alaska House.

After the weeklong trial, Anchorage Superior Court Judge Jack McKenna ruled that Eastman is eligible for office. McKenna found that Eastman is a member of the Oath Keepers, and the Oath Keepers “have advocated imminent, concrete action to violently overthrow the United States government and have engaged in conduct to that end.” However, McKenna found that Eastman “did not have a specific intent to further the Oath Keepers’ unprotected speech or conduct.” . . .

Joe Miller, the attorney who who represented Eastman, said in a statement that Kowalke’s decision not to appeal “is no surprise,” and went on to say that Kowalke filed the lawsuit in an effort “to restrict Alaskans’ rights to free speech and association.”

“The irony of Kowalke’s case is that he essentially accused Rep. Eastman of attempting to overturn an election when that’s precisely what he was attempting to do himself through this lawsuit,” Miller said. (Read more from “Oath Keepers Member From Alaska Will Keep His State House Seat” HERE)

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