The Sad Demise of Dean Westlake

Yeah, I know that it’s difficult to feel sorry for a sexual predator, but bear with me for a bit as we take a short walk through democrat party politics here in Alaska over the last couple years.

Last weekend, Representative Dean Westlake, (D, District 40) tendered his resignation from the legislature over sexual harassment / abuse allegations.  This resignation was done without benefit of an investigation, trial, conviction, or anything else.  As an aside, the notion that anyone can be forced from office without due process is troubling.  Either the Rule of Law works or it doesn’t.  And in Westlake’s case it doesn’t.

Westlake was selected by democrat party insiders to run against incumbent Ben Nageak in the 2014 democrat primary.  Nageak often caucused with Republicans in the House and was not sufficiently reliable for democrats, Governor Walker, and their supporters.  Westlake was a known sexual predator but nobody in the democrat hierarchy bothered to ask locals about their selected candidate.

These include Mark Begich, Robin Brena, Bill Walker, Vince Beltrami, Byron Mallott, and other party luminaries, all of whom attended fundraiser(s) on his behalf.

Westlake wins a hotly contested election where voting fraud in Buckland and Shungnak was enough to give Westlake a small victory.  Of course, Byron Mallott’s Director of Elections found nothing untoward with the notions of multiple party ballots voted by the same individual or an outrageous number of “personal representative” ballots cast, and certified the election.

With this seat firmly in hand along with three Musk Ox Republican turncoats (LeDoux, Stutes and Seaton), and a pair of “independents” (Grenn and Ortiz), the 18 democrats had enough to organize a majority in the House.

Mr. Westlake went to Juneau, taking his animal act on the road.  And apparently did not disappoint, with the first harassment complaint filed against him in March a mere two months after he showed up in town.  That number was up to seven by the time he resigned last weekend.

Here’s where it gets interesting, as the March letter went to House Majority Leader Chris Tuck and Speaker Bryce Edgmon, who sat on it.  The aide’s boss, Scott Kawasaki also knew about the complaint.  Suzanne Downing wrote in Must Read Alaska that threats by House leadership were used to keep a wavering Westlake in line for votes toward the end of Session last year.  Westlake voted correctly and the letter never saw the light of day.  Blackmail is hardly a family value, though it apparently is an acceptable tool for discipline for the democrat-led House leadership.

A fun thought experiment would be to figure out how many in the House majority knew about the letter, the blackmail, and Edgmon, Tuck and Kawasaki sitting on the investigation for months.  My guess would be substantially more than those three.

While all this was going on, someone in the legislature, likely on the majority side started a whispering campaign against Senator David Wilson of Wasilla.  Gabby LeDoux appears to be involved, demanding Wilson’s resignation.

The House majority also went after Representative David Eastman after he inartfully noted that people from the Bush were getting pregnant so they could fly to Anchorage for abortions.  Speaker Edgmon and Westlake were among the four signatories on the letter demanding a public apology.  Ivy Sponholtz also found the nearest camera and microphone to demand apologies from Eastman and his resignation.

Creating and maintaining the current house majority was important enough to the Walker administration, the democrat party here in Alaska, the unions, and elected democrats in the legislature to look the other way while the following actions were committed:

  • Select a locally known sexual predator as a candidate for the House
  • Commit and excuse voting fraud in at least two District 40 villages
  • Certify an election after clear evidence of voting fraud (oopsie, mistakes were made)
  • Sit on a letter complaining of sexual harassment by a democrat member of the House majority for at least six months
  • Tolerate his predatory actions for the entire year in Juneau
  • Use the letter and lack of investigation as leverage to blackmail Westlake into voting the way that the House leadership wanted him to vote

We haven’t seen this level of corruption in Juneau since Bill Allen’s Corrupt B@$t@rd’s Club.  Thank you to democrats, unions, and the Walker administration for bringing the Good Old Days back once again (/sarc).

Some victories should be too expensive. And a victory that requires all this lawbreaking and looking the other way ought to be way too pyrrhic to tolerate.

Keep this in mind when democrat candidates and their media cheerleaders trot out serial sexual harassment allegations against everyone who is running as a Republican next year.  Apparently sexual harassment only applies to those of us on the right side of the political fence, as democrats and their cheerleaders look the other way as long as they are able to reach their political goals.

Addendum:  As I finish writing this, the Walker administration determined that Westlake would not be charged for fathering a child with a local 15-year old because the law was not in effect at the time he did the deed.  And the hits just keep on coming out of this Governor and his political appointees, not to mention the people who put him into office.   Do we really want to put up with this for four more years?

Alex Gimarc lives in Anchorage since retiring from the military in 1997. His interests include science and technology, environment, energy, economics, military affairs, fishing and disabilities policies. His weekly column “Interesting Items” is a summary of news stories with substantive Alaska-themed topics. He is a small business owner and Information Technology professional.


  1. Speaking of sexual predators, how’s this, Alex?
    Jessica Leeds, a former traveling salesperson, alleged that Mr Trump grabbed her breasts and tried to put his hand up her skirt while on a first-class flight in the 1980s. Ms Leeds was in her late 30s at the time.
    Ivana Trump, Mr Trump’s first wife, once used the word “rape” to describe an encounter with him. The accusation was made in a 1993 book following a divorce settlement between the two. She has since softened her language, saying that she didn’t mean the word in a “literal or criminal sense”.
    Jill Harth, a former business partner of Mr Trump’s, said that Mr Trump forcibly kissed her on the lips, groped her breasts, and grabbed her genitals in what she described in a 1997 as an “attempted rape”. The encounter allegedly occurred at Mr Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, in one of his children’s bedroom. She also says that Mr Trump groped her under the table at a dinner with colleagues at the Plaza Hotel.
    Kristen Anderson alleged that Mr Trump put his hand up her skirt and touched her genitals over her underwear at the China Club in Manhattan at some point in the early 1990s when she was in her early 20s. Ms Anderson was an aspiring model at the time.
    Lisa Boyne accused Mr Trump of insisting that female models walk across a table at a New York restaurant in 1996, and then remarking on their underwear and genitalia. She was 25 at the time.
    Cathy Heller says that Mr Trump forcibly kissed her on the lips during a Mother’s Day brunch at mar-a-Lago in 1997.
    Temple Taggart, a former Miss Utah, alleged that Mr Trump forcibly kissed her on the mouth on two different occasions. The first incident was the first time that they met.  The incidents occurred at the 1997 Miss USA pageant event, and in Trump Tower.
    Mariah Billado, a former Miss Vermont Teen USA, has alleged that says that Mr Trump walked into a dressing room unannounced in 1997. She said that there were several teen beauty queens aged between 15 and 19 in the room naked at the time.
    Karena Virginia alleged that Mr Trump grabbed her arm and touched her breast while she was waiting for a car after the US Open.
    Bridget Sullivan, a former Miss New Hampshire, alleged that Mr Trump walked into the Miss USA pageant dressing room in 2000 while contestants were naked. She was 19 at the time.
    Tasha Dixon, a former Miss Arizona, alleged that Mr Trump entered dressing rooms at the Miss USA pageant in 2001 while contestants were “half-naked”.
    Melinda Macgillivray alleged that Mr Trump grabbed her buttock in a pavilion behind the main house of his Mar-a-Lago estate in 2003. They were in the middle of a group of people, she said, and it was during a concert performed by Ray Charles.
    Jennifer Murphy said that Mr Trump forcibly kissed her after a job interview in 2005. She was 26 at the time.
    Rachel Cooks alleged that Mr Trump kissed her forcibly on the lips outside the elevator in Trump Tower in 2005. She was 22 at the time.
    Natasha Stoynoff alleged that Mr Trump pushed her against a wall and forcibly kissed her in a closed-door room in his Mar-a-Lago estate in 2005. Ms Stoynoff, a writer for PEOPLE magazine, was there to interview Mr Trump.
    Ninni Laaksonen alleged that Mr Trump grabbed her buttocks while taking photos outside the Ed Sullivan Theater, and before Mr Trump appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman. Ms Laaksonen was 20 at the time, in 2006.
    Jessica Drake alleged that Mr Trump forcibly kissed her and two female friends in 2006, when she was 32. When she pushed him away, she said that he asked her: “How much?”
    Samantha Holvey, a former Miss North Carolina, alleged that Mr Trump treated women like “meat” and would barge into dressing rooms to inspect women. She said the incidents occurred in 2006, when she was 20.
    Summer Zervos alleged that Mr Trump grabbed her by her shoulders and forcibly kissed her, and groped her breasts, while she was a contestant on The Apprentice in 2007. She said the incidents took place at Trump Tower in New York, and at a hotel in Los Angeles.
    Cassandra Searles, a former Miss Washington, said that Mr Trump grabbed her buttocks repeatedly in 2013 during the Miss USA pageant in 2013. She said that he also invited her to his hotel room.

    The White House and Mr Trump have denied the allegations. During a recent briefing, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that the West Wing’s official position is that the women accusing Mr Trump of sexual assault or harassment are lying. Mr Trump also suggested that the women who have come forward accusing him were not attractive enough for him to sexually assault them.

    • Nice writeup. Was this before or after Gloria Allred’s daughter Lisa Bloom and David Brock raised $700,000 trolling for sexual harassment accusers against Trump in fall 2016? They used the same technique against Roy Moore a year later.

      Pass along my regards to Juanita Broaddrick, will you? Cheers –

      • agimarc,

        Please provide some credible evidence, links, anything but unsubstantiated stories about Ms. Allred, Ms. Bloom, and Mr. Brock. Would love to take you seriously, but I can’t without a shred of proof.


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