By: CRAIG E. CAMPBELL
On Tuesday, the Anchorage Assembly will launch the most vicious and unethical action I have ever witnessed by that body.
Assembly member Meg Zaletel has introduced a vindictive resolution to trash Assembly member Jamie Allard, based on social media posts Zalatel has taken out of content, misconstrued, and distorted in an effort to smear and do deliberate harm to Allard’s reputation and her ability to effectively represent her constituents.
Zaletel vilified Allard by stating she “…breached the public trust by seriously eroding the trust and respect of Municipal residents towards the Assembly…”
Really. Let’s talk about breaching the trust and respect of municipal residents by Assembly members. Shall we bring up the time when Assembly member Chris Constant publicly disparaged a person who had just testified after the person had left the room?
How about Assemblymen Forrest Dunbar and Chris Constant unethically pressuring pastors to submit comments supporting former Mayor Ethan Berkowitz’s homeless shelter hotel purchases?
Zaletel’s personal attack against Allard brings to mind the old adage, “Those who live in a glass house shouldn’t throw stones.”
This in-your-face frontal assault by the Left on Allard blows apart the myth that liberals actually believe in unity, fairness, and open conversation.
In fact, they are vicious Marxists who strive for absolute obedience and suppression of opposing speech.
We must really be getting under the skin of this thin-skinned socialist bunch. Because Allard stands up for conservative values against a sea of uber-liberal doctrine from her colleagues on the Marxist-dominated Anchorage Assembly, a small group of malcontents has decided to initiate a recall against her. Here is what they claim are her “offenses:”
“It is unacceptable that a Public Official :
Supports enabling hate speech in our community
Consistently disrupts Assembly business, unethically
Uses her publicly funded position to incite disruptive violence by her supporters
Consistently bullies, disuades, deletes and marginalizes citizens of her District and Anchorage that are not aligned with her personal viewpoints
For these reasons and many more – we are dedicated to the recall of Jamie Allard
and a step towards more grace and dignity to our beloved City.”
(Quoted from the Recall Jamie Allard Facebook page)
Let’s analyze their accusations a bit.
- Supports enabling hate speech in our community. False – while Allard is aggressive in her defense of conservative values and engages in strong debates with the nine Leftists assembly members, she has never engaged in hate speech. What a cheap shot to take, when in fact it has been Felix Rivera, Chris Constant, Forrest Dunbar, and Pete Peterson who have made hate speech comments from the dais against Allard and members of the public.
- Consistently disrupts Assembly business, unethically. False – Allard’s “disruptions” at the Assembly meetings are no more than forceful points refuting liberal drivel and attacks against her and in defense of citizens that are testifying and being rudely treated by her colleagues.
- Uses her publicly funded position to incite disruptive violence by her supporters. I guess if you’re going to make things up to gaslight hate and discontent, you might as well just libel someone with the “violence” label.
- Consistently bullies, dissuades, deletes, and marginalizes citizens of her District and Anchorage that are not aligned with her personal viewpoints. False, again. Allard is a strong woman who stands for the conservative values of Chugiak/Eagle River. This accusation is blatant misogyny, stated by weak people afraid of strong female leadership. The Left are such hypocrites.
You would think Jamie Allard is the devil reincarnated from these torrid and libelous posts on Facebook — lies that will never be deleted, censored, or stated as misinformation by the truth squad at Facebook.
Just like the dishonest misinformation campaign waged against President Trump by the Left, our local gang thinks we can also be bamboozled like sheep into believing their lies.
In fact, each of these accusations against Allard actually applies directly to past actions by the infamously unethical Assembly members Rivera; Constant; Peterson; Dunbar; and, my personal favorite, Zaletel.
Instead of creating a poisonous environment by demonizing their political opposition, they might want to consider the fate Rivera now faces due to his horrendous behavior on the Assembly.
Rivera is being recalled and it is projected Assembly District 4 will vote him out of office in April.
Also, Alaskans For Open Meetings is now in court against the municipality for the illegal actions of Chairman Rivera in violating the COVID-19 Emergency Orders. As Zaletel states in her resolution, these orders are “law.” If Allard needs to follow them, so does the entire Assembly.
That same pent-up anger against incompetent Chairman Rivera is starting to fester and engulf the entire liberal Assembly. Efforts to recall Zaletel continue and a recall petition is now being pursued against Czar Dunbar for his despicable coercion of Anchorage pastors over the recent hotel purchases for vagrants.
A lawsuit has been filed by two constituents for the unlawful refusal to fill the vacant Assembly District 3, Seat E seat since last October.
The constantly disparaging comments by foul-mouthed Assemblyman Constant is also fueling a movement against him.
The pounding of the war drums against the Assembly’s tyranny is getting louder and louder.
You know what’s going on. The Left is now threatened by an awakened moderate and conservative constituency in Anchorage that is fed-up with the uber-liberal Assembly, which is driving up vagrancy, politically interfering with law enforcement, killing businesses, increasing taxes, targeting their opposition with code enforcers and harassing mandates, and attempting to silence their opposition.
The Left is trying to change the narrative from their dismal failure as self-proclaimed political leaders, by vilifying their primary vocal opponent.
It won’t work. Chugiak/Eagle River strongly supports Jamie Allard and will not be duped by socialist charlatans into rebuking a conservative voice on the Assembly.
Supporters of Assembly member Allard are encouraged to show up at the Assembly meeting next Tuesday to support Jamie.
Your presence would further send the message to these leftist that we will not be sit back and let them terrorize conservatives through threats and intimidation.
In just 60 days voters have the chance to recall Rivera and at the same time elect a less radical mayor. Don’t let this opportunity slip away. The fight to save the soul of Anchorage is now and if we do not start moving back toward the center, we truly will have become Los Anchorage.
Craig E. Campbell served on the Anchorage Assembly between 1986 and 1995 and later as Alaska’s Tenth Lieutenant Governor. He was the previous Chief Executive Officer and President for Alaska Aerospace Corporation. He retired from the Alaska National Guard as Lieutenant General (AKNG) and holds the concurrent retired Federal rank of Major General (USAF).