IT HAS TO DO WITH DATA
The departure of the Alaska Democratic Party’s longtime data and technology director is shrouded in mystery — a mystery that is requiring law enforcement.
Matt Greene had been with the party through thick and thin since 2014, including the era of former Executive Director Jay Parmley, who came from out of state and brought a lot of “me too” baggage with him from his past positions at a time when Democrats were especially concerned about sexual harassment in their own ranks.
In a note leaked to Must Read Alaska, the new Executive Director Lindsey Kavanaugh has advised that party officials are being interviewed by the FBI in regard to the “incident” with Greene and suggested an attorney might be a good idea.
The Alaska Democratic Party is seeking a new data director after Greene left the party’s employment on Jan. 10. Originally, the party sought both a data director and a political coordinator, but those two jobs have been rolled into one after no appropriate applicant could be found for the political coordinator position:
“The Alaska Democratic Party (ADP) is looking for a skilled, versatile political professional up to the challenge of being dual-hatted as both the Data Director and Political Coordinator,” the party wrote. “If this sounds like you, we want to hear from you right away! If not, please spread the word far and wide. We’re getting in full battle mode for 2020 and can’t wait to have the full team in place.”
The party turmoil comes at a time when data is going to be a primary concern for the Democrats, as they roll out their first-ever caucus-by-ballot, a private primary that will include mail-in, absentee, and in-person voting, all run by volunteers and the yet-to-be-named data-political coordinator, who will need to hit the ground running; the Democrats’ primary ends April 4, with a big in-person voting exercise across the state.
The ADP has retained the services of a Washington, D.C. political attorney, Neil Reiff, to help it through the situation that brought in the FBI. Reiff is the former Deputy General Counsel of the Democratic National Committee.