Preface to a saga of unquenched power...
With the unfortunate and sudden passing of Senator Chris Birch, District M was tasked to find a representative to fill his seat.
Representative Laddie Shaw was selected by Governor Dunleavy from a submitted list, but he immediately ran into leadership opposition and the governor's request was rejected. Immediately Representative Joshua Revak's name was submitted, and it was somewhat surprising that, in short order, after meeting with Representative Revak, Senate President Cathy Giessel made a public declaration that Joshua Revak would sail through confirmation and be seated as the senate representative for District M.
The case against the binding caucus.
Corrupt solicitation, acceptance, or transfer of value in exchange for official action.
Bribery refers to the offering, giving, soliciting, or receiving of any item of value
as a means of influencing the actions of an individual holding a public or legal duty.
This type of action results in matters that should be handled objectively being handled in a manner best suiting the private interests of the decision maker. Bribery constitutes a crime and both the offeror and the recipient can be criminally charged.
Proof of bribery requires demonstrating a “quid pro quo” relationship in which the recipient directly alters behavior in exchange for the gift. Because the relationship does not occur directly enough, campaign donations from corporations or individuals to political candidates do not constitute bribery.
Another element of proving bribery includes proving intent to influence the discharging of another’s official duties. Some statutes also require proof
that both parties understand and agree to the arrangement. Attempts to bribe exist at common law and under the Model Penal Code, and often, the punishment for attempted bribery and completed bribery are identical. Solicitation of a bribe also constitutes a crime and is completed regardless of whether the solicitation results in the receipt of a valuable gift.
Violators may be prosecuted under federal statute 18 U.S.C. 201 - Bribery.
the act of coercing; use of force or intimidation to obtain compliance.
force or the power to use force in gaining compliance, as by a government or police force.
On January 23, this thread was posted on Alaska Republican Assembly Forum
by Michael Chambers
The rest of the story...
Did you know Senate President Cathy Giessel behind closed doors forced
Senators to sign a pledge of allegiance to her and the leadership regarding
the budget and PFD? Once they signed, they received goodies like committees
and Chairmanships for their loyalty.
She never presented her loyalty papers to Lora Reinbold, Mike Shower or
Shelley Hughes. She intended to give them the option today after all the committee slots have been filled, and if they didn't sign, boot them from the caucus.
Too much drama today so it didn't happen.
So who signed and pledged their loyalty to Queen Giessel?
Here is a few. Peter Micciche is back on the Giessel lovenest.
Newcomer Josh Revak is a Giessel Storm Trooper and Senator David Wilson signed. So, Big Lake, Kenai and South Anchorage residents... you have effectively lost your representative Senators. Queen Giessel will be calling the shots for you folks.
The love affair between Giessel and Edgmon gets in high gear tomorrow morning as they collectively march their troopers into a joint session to override the governor's vetos on school debt and restoration of monies taken from the ferry system. Never mind we are in deficit spending. Giessel got her troopers to sign off on a PFD restructure.
This is where the money will come from. And there is the school head tax and studded tire tax as well to generate more money out of your pocket!
Good morning Alaska. Love and kisses from Juneau.
Revak's response in the thread...
What he is saying is not true. I am and have been an advocate for unity among Republicans and a strong supporter of my colleagues, even when slandered in return.
How would it make sense that I’d not be given staff when coming brand-new
into Senate Majority? It wouldn’t make sense.
I did sign a binding caucus agreement. I committed to do so in front of everyone prior to confirmation.
This has been a practice in countless groups for hundreds of years. That’s
how a majority is formed- we all agree to support one another in the end,
after we’ve all had a say in the process. It’s not rocket science. If we didn’t,
then how would you ever get a majority vote on anything? It’s unfortunate to see some folks doing nothing but criticizing others. I’ve been slandered quite a bit with lately. Beware of the professional victims out there. We’re better than that.
Have a great weekend!
Through his own admission, Senator Revak clearly states that he agreed to sign the Binding Caucus Rule prior to confirmation. This brings into question the legal manipulation of senator representatives who are coerced to sign a binding agreement in order to receive favors such as committee Chairs, committee placement, larger offices and additional staff. Keep in mind, these benefits are bestowed on the recipients who must pledge a "yes" vote to the operating budget, capital budget and now the PFD appropriation prior to ever knowing what the final work product will be. These actions by the Legislative leadership are a clear example of bribery and coersion.
It is time Alaskans are represented by the candidates they choose and not by a select few in leadership. This may well be a legal issue.