HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION MAY HAVE ABUSED AUTHORITY
Gov. Michael Dunleavy has asked the Department of Law to launch an investigation into the apparent abuse of state power that occurred on Thursday at the parking lot of the Alaska Human Rights Commission.
The executive director of the Alaska Commission on Human Rights, in her own handwriting, told a plumbing company to move its vehicle from the parking lot due to what the bureaucrat thought was a racist sticker.
The state executive, who makes $139,000 a year plus fringe benefits, is Marti Buscaglia. She runs a 19-person office that, ironically, investigates abuses of people’s human rights.
The sticker on the worker’s truck said “Black Rifles Matter,” and is a pro-Second Amendment statement, according to the owner of the truck, Brenton Linegar, who owns a small plumbing firm that had a contract to do repairs on the building.
In a conversation with Must Read Alaska, he expressed concern that he would lose work because of what the state official had done, and he had trepidation that publicizing her action could harm his future business opportunities, including his future contracts to work on that particular building on A Street in Anchorage.
“Protecting an individual’s constitutional rights, including the 1st amendment, is of the utmost importance to this administration,” said a post on Gov. Dunleavy’s official Facebook page this morning.
There are at least two areas where the Department of Law may seek to get further information to clarify the intent of the bureaucrat’s actions and possible corrective action:
- Buscaglia used her official business card to send a message to Linegar, telling him to not use the lot because of the sticker that Buscaglia found offensive.
- Buscaglia and her staff then posted a photo of the truck on the state agency’s official Facebook page, and derided the owner with the message, “In what world is this OK?”, while displaying his license plate. This is use of state resources for what may be an unconstitutional “government shall make no law” act.
- Buscaglia and her staff then argued with citizens on the agency’s Facebook page and said she thought the message was racist. This could be harmful to the plumbing business and grounds for a lawsuit against the state.
Buscaglia is no stranger to using Facebook to promote her politically charged views. Astute Must Read Alaska readers found this post on her personal page, wishing an excruciatingly painful death on a hunter back in 2015:
The Alaska Commission on Human Rights is part of the Office of the Governor, has a budget of over $2 million, and a staff of 19 that investigates complaints from Alaskans about discrimination due to race, gender, or disability.
In 2018, the agency processed 1,733 inquiries, which resulted in 297 complaints. Racial discrimination continues to be the single most prevalent basis for complaints; but an increasing number of complaints involving service and emotional support animals are taking more and more of the staff’s time, according to agency’s 2018 report, which was issued in January.