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Leaked: FBI investigates Alaska Democratic Party

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.

[Read: Jay Parmley leaves AK Democrats for South Carolina]

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.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • Very interesting. I sure would love to see an audit. It would also be nice to know if he was given the silver bracelet treatment.

    • Naaah, he is a Democrat. Depending on how bad he was, a raise may be in his near future.

  • Do we trust the FBI again?

  • When a central theme of a party’s most fundamental ideological tenet is the acquisition of power, simply for powers sake, then why would it hold that they would ever respect any limit or law, keeping them from that? If they fundamentally don’t believe in the right of people to govern themselves, why would it be a shock when they would try to subvert the will of the people?

  • I hope this is sorted out quickly. If someone has done something criminally wrong, I hope they are help responsible. That said, even the Democrats deserve to be fairly treated with respect for due process by the FBI. Based on recent reports, there are any number of bad actors at the FBI. (I am really, really tired of the careerist and power-hungry types at the bureau.). The FBI should venture into the political thicket with great reluctance. And then run away from it when the real work is done.

    • I have to wonder just how deep the “deep state” is in the ranks of the FBI. They surely have lost their glitter and the trust of the American people.

  • The FBI is probably consulting with the Democrats on how to perform a coup of the Governor.

  • It’s not a political party. It’s a criminal conspiracy. You guys make sure to pass along my best to Comey, McCabe, Brennan, Clapper and Yates in Club Fed when you get there. Cheers –

  • I’ve looked and looked, and can’t find a mention of this on ADN or KTUU.

    I wonder why that is???????

    /sarc

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