The Anchorage Assembly, working hand-in-glove with the Anchorage Daily News, will vote on a resolution at its Tuesday meeting recommending that Deputy Library Director Judy Eledge resign.
It’s a response to a set up that occurred over several weeks this winter, when an employee in the library recorded Eledge saying things that some took offense to. The tapes were given to a reporter at the ADN, and with the funding of ProPublica, a leftist media group, was made into a series of stories and podcasts attacking Eledge.
Some of the statements Eledge was recorded saying, according to the resolution, include:
“I worked in an Alaska Native village. If it wasn’t for the white man and his oil money, they’d still be raping their daughters in caves.”
“I don’t have the same views about Eskimos as other people at the library. I worked in Barrow; I know they diddle their kids. It’s a well-known secret, people just don’t talk about it. I knew a 2nd grader that had gonorrhea. They send their FAS [fetal alcohol syndrome] babies to Anchorage because they don’t want to take care of them.’”
“The atmosphere here has gone downhill with woke movements like Black Lives Matter … I’m telling you, the woke culture is killing libraries and this country. If I could get rid of those employees, I could turn this library around for the good.”
“There are too many ‘liberals’ working in libraries.”
The resolution says that Eledge told Library security personnel to “not enforce the policy against ‘mothers with diaper bags,’ but to enforce it strictly against individuals who appeared homeless, many of whom appeared to be Alaska Native.”
The resolution is a vote of no-confidence in Eledge and a recommendation that she resign. It’s sponsored by hard-left Assemblymen Kameron Perez-Verdia and Assembly Chairman Chris Constant.
Eledge was originally hired as the director of libraries but moved to the deputy director position when it became apparent the Assembly would not confirm her appointment. Eledge is a conservative, in her mid-70s, and is the president of the Anchorage Republican Women’s Club. She ran for school board in 2020 and lost by only a few votes to Kelly Lessens.
The Assembly, as the legislative and appropriating branch of government, is injecting itself into the executive branch to attempt to dictate employment matters.
Read the resolution attempting to force out Eledge: