Anchorage Republican Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux wrote a scathing response to the news that “fiscal hawk” Brad Keithley has chosen her to be on what’s being called his “hit list.” Keithley announced on Thursday that he is going to put some of his promised $200,000 into supporting her opponent, Democrat Laurie Hummel. (See the backstory here). LeDoux vows not to be “pushed around” and accuses Keithley of having a reputation of “bullying and taking advantage of women.”
Here’s LeDoux’s press release:
“Brad Keithley is a very intelligent man with a lot of money. He also has a reputation for bullying and taking advantage of women. I have a very simple message for Mr. Keithley: having raised two children by myself I learned to be a strong woman who doesn’t get pushed around by bullies.
I am very proud of my legislative record and I don’t believe this has anything to do with fiscal responsibility. This is about a man who needs to be in the limelight to make himself look important.
If my opponent is counting on Mr. Keithley’s money to attack my record – she is yet another woman being led down the garden path by a snake oil salesman.
I have a reputation for working hard, listening to voters at their doors, and acting on their concerns in the state legislature. If Mr. Keithley wants to impact politics – I suggest he try it the old fashioned way – by knocking on doors and looking people in the eye.”
As evidenced by the numerous conversations I’ve had with women who have known Keithley, the latter charge about this reputation appears to be true.
Keithley found LeDoux’s response amusing:
Also on Keithley’s list are incumbents Majority Leader Lance Pruitt and Democrat Rep. Geran Tarr. He’ll also be supporting Republican House candidate Anand Dubey in West Anchorage.
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