Today during a floor session of the legislature, in historic action, Representative David Eastman was censured by his peers in the State House following his insensitive and bigoted attacks against Alaska Native women in rural areas across the state.  Censure is a procedural measure that issues a formal reprimand for failure to uphold the dignity of elected office. 

Alaska Democratic Party Chair Casey Steinau thanks Representative Ivy Spohnholz for introducing today’s action. She also applauds the other members of the Democratic-Led Majority caucus who joined in voting for censure, as well as the three Republican legislators who broke with their Party and also voted to censure Rep. Eastman.

“It was simply unacceptable that Rep. Eastman made such horrible, insensitive, and racist statements against Alaska women, let alone his refusal to offer a sincere apology after many individuals and groups have asked him to do so,” said Steinau.  “This type of behavior is unacceptable, and I am proud of the State House for standing up against such hatred and bigotry.”

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