May 13, 2015

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Alaska GOP Facebook page shares inflammatory post

With tensions high in the Legislature, hurtful and insensitive rhetoric only distracts from the real issues at hand

ANCHORAGE: The Alaska Republican Party’s official Facebook shared a post from Art Chance, which inferred that Alaska’s governor is a “Hermaphrodite.” (Screen Shot Attached). The Alaska Republican Party did not post its own statement or provide any context for sharing Mr. Chance’s post.

“This is too far,” said Mike Wenstrup, chair of the Alaska Democratic Party. “The Alaska Republican Party should be ashamed at where they have taken this debate. This type of rhetoric is disrespectful on many different levels, and does not deserve to be promoted in any way. Let’s reel it in and get back to discussing the issues.”

The Alaska Republican Party’s Vice-chair, Frank McQueary, also shared Mr. Chance’s post with the caption, “The voice of experience. Art was the State of Alaska chief labor negotiator for many years.”