Should Jamie Allard do the Honorable Thing and Resign?

Must Read Alaska offered a tweet this morning asking the very same question of Assembly Chair Felix Rivera. I found that the tweet was — lacking and thus offer up a different nominee for resignation.

Jamie Allard has proven herself to be anything but honorable since being elected to the Anchorage assembly — in my opinion.

Allard has seemingly never really been equipped for public service. Crystal Kennedy, another conservative voice on the assembly, manages to work with others without interrupting or belittling them — and perhaps most importantly — Kennedy knows how the assembly works. While I may disagree with Ms. Kennedy as it pertains to politics — I respect her voice, how she conducts herself and her willingness to find common ground.

Allard, on the other hand, has clearly been out of her element in recent months, demonstrating a lack of understanding about how the assembly works and doesn’t seem willing to learn — instead, opting to play the victim when Chair Rivera dismisses her out-of-line procedural requests for not being procedural. Playing the victim has long been part of Allard’s time in the assembly, however, as it’s a way to distract from her inexperience while at the same time enabling her to draw sympathy from supporters who don’t know the rules any better than the assemblywoman.

When Save Anchorage was formed, Allard became aligned with the group almost immediately. The group, whose anti-Semitic, violent, homophobic, and sometimes racist overtones are well documented, became Allard’s own personal bodyguards and attack dogs. 

Most recently, some aligned with the Save Anchorage group worked to get an Allard constituent fired from their job after Allard posted the constituent’s name to her personal Facebook page.

Allard has left comments, posted by her supporters, untouched on her personal Facebook page as they called for the “protest” of the homes of Assemblyman Constant and Acting Mayor Austin Quinn Davidson.

Allard has permitted comments on her Facebook page to stay public when a supporter asked, “What will they (the assembly) do when 1000 armed citizens show up?” Just one such example of many disconcerting comments.

Less than two weeks ago, assemblyman John Weddleton made the news cycle when he and other assembly members reportedly received death threats, leading to the arrest of one local resident.

Last August, we watched videos posted by the Alaska Landmine and heard disturbing homophobic language being used in addition to a threat to burn the house down of then Anchorage mayor Ethan Berkowitz — naturally Save Anchorage members were participants in the concerning parking lot “event.”

But for all their violent, homophobic, anti-Semitic vitriol — Jamie Allard still finds refuge in the Save Anchorage group. Last week, a group member wrote within the group:

“Unfortunately, violence is the only way to be heard. Anytime we go the legal route we are shut up and silenced.”

Scary recently written words, but perhaps not so much for Jamie Allard, who refers to the group as her “safe space,” when in fact, the group appears to be anything but “safe” to those who pay attention.

Her full-throated social media defense of Nazi language on Alaska license plates was wrong and overwhelmingly condemned. The story has gone international, and yet inexplicably, Alaska Democrats are “radical leftists.”

Rabbi Abram Goodstein, from the largest and oldest Jewish community in Alaska, wrote an open letter to Jamie Allard in the Anchorage Daily News writing in part:

“We may have the right to say certain things, but that does not mean we should say them, endorse them or allow them to be said without pointing out how harmful they can be. Much too often, hateful speech, when left to fester, leads to hateful action. But even when these words do not result in criminal behavior, they do impact the quality of life and ability to prosper of those who are being marginalized.”

Allard was removed from the Alaska Human Rights Commission by Governor Michael Dunleavy in response to Allard’s social media comments defending Nazi terms. Dunleavy’s spokesperson wrote in a statement:

“The comments made by Ms. Allard regarding the license plate controversy have become a distraction for the Human Rights Commission and its mission to ensure equality and fair treatment of all Alaskans. Governor Dunleavy felt it was in the best interest of the board to remove her effective immediately.”

But if you listen to Jamie Allard, she tells a much different version of events. In a statement to Alaska Public Media, Allard said:

“I unequivocally condemn racism in every form, and support the mission of the commission 100%. In light of recent attacks against me, I feel it is best to step aside.”

She didn’t step aside. Allard was removed by the governor — but in Alaska we tend to overlook such “mischaracterizations” because it’s just our “quirky” little way.

Eagle River resident Ivan Hodes, in a public exchange with the embattled assemblywoman, found out rather harshly that Allard doesn’t consider him a constituent despite living in her district. Allard wrote, “You are not my constituent. You are someone who didn’t vote for me.”

To drive home her point, Allard wrote again, “No, you are a voter. Not my constituent.”

Apparently, Allard only considers those who agree with her to be “constituents.”

A well-organized recall effort aimed at ousting assemblywoman Allard is reportedly underway.

The recall group has had to take extreme measures to keep Allard supporters out of their efforts who “would come here to cause violence.” 

Those spearheading the recall effort have had to reassure recall supporters that they are “committed to providing a safe, and to the best of our ability, secure place to resolve this tyranny brewing in our community.”

In politics, it’s the double-down that will end your political aspirations — but not for Allard as the far-right comes to both her rescue and defense, making it clear that they wholeheartedly agree with the assemblywoman and see nothing wrong with her defense of words clearly associated with the Holocaust. We should expect nothing less from the Save Anchorage group she feels so comfortable in.

“We may have the right to say certain things, but that does not mean we should say them, endorse them or allow them to be said without pointing out how harmful they can be.” – Rabbi Abram Goodstein