Debbie Brown Ousted as Alaska Republican Leader as Party Members Feud
That meeting was held at a site away from the darkened state party headquarters in midtown Anchorage, which on Brown’s orders had notices posted outside, still there on Friday, advising that access to the building had been rescinded as of April 4.
The leadership upheaval followed months of infighting pitting longtime party leaders against activists including supporters of former Governor and Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, former Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller, and libertarian-minded supporters of Ron Paul, the former candidate for the Republican presidential nominaion.
But national politics have little to do with the turmoil among Alaska Republicans.
“This is much more specific to Alaska than it is a reflection of the national issues,” said Gerald McBeath, a political science professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Brown has found herself at a national Republican meeting in Los Angeles this week alongside her appointed successor, Goldberg, with both identifying themselves as head of the state party - and both denied that title at the meeting, she said in a text message to Reuters on Friday signed “Debra Holle Brown, Chairman, Alaska Republican Party.”
The national Republican leadership “decided the best solution, for all parties, was to deny Alaska a Chairman’s seat,” she wrote.