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Things get chippy when Austin Baird gets tired

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Austin Baird, the former press secretary for Gov. Walker, must be overtired. As the press secretary for the House Democrat-led Majority, he took to Twitter tonight to blast away at Minority Leader Lance Pruitt, in the most epic Twitter storm of the legislative session.

Pruitt had been quoted by the Anchorage Daily News saying he supports having a special session in the Mat-Su Valley, so that legislators can get out of the Juneau bubble. Within the Juneau bubble, everyone tells each other they’re smart and good looking, and getting out of the bubble, people tell you that you are just as dumb and ugly as before, said Pruitt. It was a glib line to illustrate that the Legislature looks different to people who are not in Juneau.

Baird, who is staff to Speaker Bryce Edgmon, was not having it. He scolded. He upbraided. He gave the House Minority leader the righteous indignation Twitter storm worthy of, dare we say, Donald Trump?

“Hey, @Rep_LancePruitt, if you can’t govern without lying to Alaska about monumental policy proposals and calling your colleagues dumb and ugly, find something else to do.”

But that wasn’t enough. Baird continued:

“I get it. If you and your friends don’t say enough MEAN THINGS IN ALL CAPS, Alaskans may focus on this: 

“Your budget would fire teachers.

“Double tuition at the university in your district.

“Take healthcare from sick people.

“Pay big PFDs that risk making the program disappear.”

But wait, there’s more from PR guy Baird, whose former boss Gov. Walker actually cut the Permanent Fund dividend in half and made it, for the first time in Alaska history, a political calculation.

“And, Alaskans might even notice that you sat quietly when one of your team members opposed Black History Month, Alaska Native Heritage Month, and so many more things than I can fit in a single tweet.”

Things must not be going well in the Majority for them to have lost control of their press secretary like this. Bad form.

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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.

Latest comments

  • Wasn’t Austin Baird the fellow who ratted-out Byron Mallott to Walker’s wife? I believe that’s how it got started.

    • Hahaha. Well if that was the first time Mrs. Walker heard about Byron’s antics, she’s been living under a rock. Bill took on Byron fully aware of his reputation. This last stunt was just the nail in the coffin. But, was it really? Seems to have been another sweep under the rug. But, I get what you are saying, Joker.

      • Garnet, the wives usually know before the husbands. Walker himself was too engaged with padding his own pockets from the Big Seat. Baird spilled the beans to Walker’s wife. Little Dog laughed to see such a sight, and the Dish ran off with the Spoon.

        • No doubt! And you’re a poet! They are all a bunch of clowns. Hickory Dickory Dock.

  • Good Lord Austin. Step away from the bong and get some rest.

  • Perhaps someone should ask: Is this what Mr. Baird gets paid to do? Talk about childish.

  • Baird is spouting wingnut/dim “standard operating procedure”(dogma), dictated by their “party”, in an attempt to discredit everything dissenting with the dims’ policies. He’s doing it on the public dime, also. I have no doubt, he is a “valued mouthpiece” to the dim program, currently aspiring to foist same on Alaskans. Where is the problem with state “spending within our means”? I’ll tell you. Spending within our means, discredits and dismantles the inane spending programs instituted by walker and his minions, against Alaskan citizens, except for the public employee/”education”, and wasteful programs, beneficial to no one except dims and their supporters/cronies. In a nutshell. Mouths like Baird would as soon see Alaska bankrupt to achieve their stupidity. I’m no expert here, but the writing’s on the wall. Remember Alaskans, next voting cycle. Remember!!

  • Unfortunately, the last election was all you need to see the stupidity of the Alaskan electorate. Too many intelligent people don’t vote and far too many intellectually and ethically challenged libs do vote, and naturally they all vote the way their union bosses and employers tell them to vote. Too many people in government (Names like Edgemon, LeDoux, Knopp, Stutes, Claman, etc etc come to mind) have a goal of power and priviledge, rather than representing the people who voted for them. Lies, no matter how often repeated, are still lies, and are told by liars. I’d like to think that the People will vote in a better slate of representatives next go round, but history does not bode well for that outcome.

  • Sir, this is a Wendy’s.

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