A coalition of hard-left groups has joined with the Recall Dunleavy Committee leadership to demand that the Legislature not confirm Attorney General designee Treg Taylor.
Taylor was named to fill the position that was vacant after Ed Sniffen resigned, having been named in an inappropriate relationship claim from when he was in his 20s. Sniffen had replaced Kevin Clarkson, who was forced out for having an inappropriate relationship during his stint as AG.
The Alaska Coalition for Justice wrote to the Legislature on behalf of all Black, Indigenous people of color (known now as BIPOC) to oppose Taylor’s confirmation. It appears that part of the problem is that he is white and male.
The group is demanding the governor appoint a woman or person of color as attorney general.
Among the signers of the letter is Meda Dewitt, who runs the Recall Dunleavy dark money campaign. Other signers include representatives from the Alaska Center, Stand Up Alaska, Alaskans Take A Stand, and the Poor People’s Campaign.
In its letter, the group went on to libel Clarkson by accusing him of the crime of sexual predation because of friendly text messages he sent to another state employee, which included pictures of him cooking macaroni and cheese.
The group is angry that during his March 15 confirmation hearing in House Judiciary Committee, Taylor called former Attorney General Clarkson “a good friend,” and “an honorable man.”
Without evidence, the group wrote, “Mr. Taylor plainly announced complicity with sexual predators,” the group wrote. “While defending sexual predators, Mr. Taylor has announced his so-called sincere desire to prioritize addressing the sexual violence crisis that Alaska faces, without any concrete plans of how to do so. He is either unable or unwilling to make the connection between his former colleagues predacious, harmful behaviors that share the same root as the current sexual violence crisis that Alaska faces.”
Taylor attended the United States Air Force Academy and Brigham Young University, earning his Juris Doctorate from J. Ruben Clark Law School. His wife, Jodi Taylor, is a life-long Alaskan. They have six children.