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Kasilof's Debbie Brown new Alaska GOP chair

Posted: February 1, 2013 - 12:55pm  |  Updated: February 1, 2013 - 2:36pm
Former borough mayor candidate Debbie Brown answers questions Sept. 9, 2011 during a mayoral candidate debate at the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Soldotna Sports Center.  Brown, of Kasilof, is now the chair of the Alaska Republican Party.   File photo by M. Scott Moon
File photo by M. Scott Moon
Former borough mayor candidate Debbie Brown answers questions Sept. 9, 2011 during a mayoral candidate debate at the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Soldotna Sports Center. Brown, of Kasilof, is now the chair of the Alaska Republican Party.

The Alaska Republican Party has a new leader, after a tumultuous year that saw GOP gains in the legislature but a fight over direction of the party.

Kasilof resident Debbie Brown will succeed Randy Ruedrich as chairman, Ruedrich said Friday.

Brown was elected vice chair during a boisterous state convention last year, when Ron Paul supporters and other non-establishment party members made their presence known. Russ Millette was elected chairman and was set to take office Friday, but party leaders meeting in Anchorage voted instead late Thursday to oust him.

A complaint filed against Millette raised questions about his work as the party's finance chairman, his affiliation with a political website and his claim to be a lifelong Republican. Ruedrich said a complaint against Brown was dismissed.

Brown said she was grateful that "reasonable minds prevailed," resulting in the complaint against her being dropped. Brown, who has described herself as having been an active member of the state party since the mid-1970s, said she is confident in her new position. Brown is a former member of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly and a former candidate for Borough Mayor.

"It's no different from what any other administrator will do," she said of her new position. "I think that I'll be able to do a very responsible job. I'll give it my best effort, and I'm confident in myself. I believe that's a good start, right?"

Brown said she has concerns about turmoil within the party, which she said dates back to 2010. Divisions within the party at that time were over the U.S. Senate race, in which tea-party favorite Joe Miller ran unsuccessfully against Sen. Lisa Murkowski. Miller beat Murkowski in the primary but she won after mounting a write-in campaign.

"I've been through experiences in my own life where you just stay focused, you do the things that you know need to be done," she said. "I will be trying to bring people together here. We need to bring this party back to the roots of the people of Alaska, the families, the rank and file Republicans, and that's going to really help a lot, I think."

She said there is an "excellent" foundation to build upon, "so I think there are a lot of positive opportunities for the future here of the Alaska Republican party."

Ruedrich said party officials planned to meet Feb. 9 in Juneau to choose a new vice chair. He said Millette also might appeal his ouster.

Ruedrich said three other pending complaints, including one against him, are scheduled to be taken up Saturday.

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cbeard
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cbeard 02/01/13 - 03:24 pm
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Decent

I'm anti-Republican and not a fan of Debbie Brown, but I am happy that more Alaskans are standing up against outside/tea party extremism.

KMarx
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KMarx 02/01/13 - 06:18 pm
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Debbie Brown

Unbelievable. If the majority of Republicans had a list of 5,000 people they would like to see be the chair of the party, Debbie Brown wouldn't show up on a single list. Forest Gump is Einstein, Telsa, DaVinci and Plato rolled into one compared to Brown.

Localmrs
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Localmrs 02/01/13 - 09:09 pm
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Rude Much?

Sheesh give her a chance! I don't really know her much but let's see. how she does. It seems when woman are in places of power the critics come out in droves- actually they ARE way more critical of women. So chill and keep your snarky comments to yourself.

spwright
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spwright 02/02/13 - 08:35 am
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Majority Control

Sat 2/2/12
The Republicans now have TOTAL CONTROL OF THE STATE OF ALASKA.
Governor,House & Senate.

You have the Keys to the Car & are in the Driver's Seat.

710 Thousand Alaskans are dependent on Your Leadership.

SPW

KMarx
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KMarx 02/02/13 - 09:41 am
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localmrs

You summed up it up rather well by stating "I really don't know her much..." Unfortunately, many of us on the Peninsula are all too familiar with her antics.To describe her as a "Wingnut" falls far short of accurately depicting her past bizarre, and often self-serving, behaviors.

aspiecelia
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aspiecelia 02/02/13 - 05:12 pm
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You Can't Make This Stuff Up

How long before Queen Debbie is thrown off her throne? She is bound to do something crazy. I am waiting for the next episode from the Republicans. Both sides in this war are corrupt. I am no longer shocked by anything any of them do.

longmere
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longmere 02/03/13 - 08:45 am
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Last Straw

Yes we have had a track record with this one. This seems to be the last straw. I can no longer be proud of the Republican Party, they have gone so far down hill it is pathetic.

Norseman
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Norseman 02/03/13 - 08:50 am
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Carolina – Louisiana Gov.

Carolina – Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal called on the Republican Party to "stop being the stupid party" on Thursday as GOP leaders promised fundamental changes to help stave off future losses.
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Apparently Alaska wasn't listening to Governor Jindal. To have brown as the head of the elephant party is going to prove to be another HUGE blunder.

The brown's have a long history here on the Kenai of applying for all kinds of gov't handouts, grants, and other schemes. It would take a skilled investigative reporter weeks to unravel just how much money all of their "NON PROFITS" have put into their own pockets.

The meltdown of the republican party has hastened. Bring on the popcorn. It is obvious that Alaska wishes to continue the national theme of being the STUPID party by electing her as prez.

spwright
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spwright 02/03/13 - 10:53 am
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Now Now Ya can't Say That

Norseman, SuperBowlSunday Now Now You can't say that about the Alaska Republican Party ! You are literately Surrounded by Alaskan Republicans They are Everywhere & they have TOTAL CONTROL of Our State.

But this recent event does remind me of the Republican Primary Election as they were Ripping each other to shreds
& it got very ugly.
I did get a big laugh from Governor Jindal ! Fell outta my chair laughing at that one.

49ers or the Ravens ? What Say You ? SPW

Norseman
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Norseman 02/03/13 - 01:01 pm
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They are going to realize too

They are going to realize too late on just how badly they screwed up choosing the brown's. you don't get one without the other.
I can assure you they will find some self serving way to subsidize their lifestyle by using the government.
Lets start listing ALL of their past non profit freebie governemnet schemes;

Lets start with the blueberry fiasco; How much went in their pocket over that deal....
Another one comes to mind is the wood biomass deal.....
Keep adding to the list.

on a final note, my bet is the 49's.

KenaiKardinal88
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KenaiKardinal88 02/07/13 - 05:37 am
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Alaska Republicans bettern than Obama's Liberal Democrats

I'll take a conservative Republican over a liberal Democrat any day of the week.

Those criticizing Brown are non-workers, union thugs, and others living off government handouts.

Norseman
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Norseman 02/07/13 - 02:51 pm
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...."Those criticizing Brown

...."Those criticizing Brown are non-workers, union thugs, and others living off government handouts....."

The Browns are the ones who have been living off the government for years. You either do not know about them or are just trolling.

Either way, I suggest you take a few minutes and do some fact checking. Just look at how many grants the Browns have received over the past 20 years. Legal? Yes, but still living off the government as far as I am concerned.

They have been involved in creating many NON Profits that were self serving.

The latest one that comes to my mind was the blueberry fiasco. How much money did they get off that deal?

If anyone has been living off the government it's the browns.

This appointment will end up costing the Alaskan republican party dearly.

Sam Von Pufendorf
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Sam Von Pufendorf 02/08/13 - 06:10 am
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KenaiKardinal,Alaska doesn't need another Republican in congress

In Congress Alaska doesn't need another Republican, nor does it need another Democrat. I can't see a need for another woman, and we don't need an African American. I don't believe we need a gay man, an Asian, or an openly gay woman. As a matter of fact, what Alaska needs least is another politician! All we really need, that to this point we have been unable find, is a statesman!

Raoulduke
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Raoulduke 02/08/13 - 07:13 am
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wanted

Once again the people of Alaska has gotten.What they wanted.So! We should not hear any complaining about the Party leadership right?Service to the people Right? No doing special interest group favors for personal gain right? So! good,bad,or indifferent Alaskan's have made it's choice.

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