Dangerous Precedent Set With Today’s Censure
Wednesday, May 10, 2017, Juneau, Alaska - House Republicans continue to condemn the offensive comments made by Representative David Eastman to a media outlet last week. The comments are without factual backing and target women from rural parts of the state.
Never in the history of the Alaska House of Representatives has there been censure of a member. Censure is reserved for conduct that is damaging and disruptive to the legislative process or implicates a criminal act or ethical violation. Reprimanding a legislator for words spoken sets a dangerous precedent and infringes on freedom of speech.
House Republicans continue to stand firmly opposed to the comments and sentiments expressed by Representative Eastman. Discrimination will not be tolerated by House Republicans. We will continue to embrace the diversity and spirit that makes our state stronger.
The vote to censure Representative Eastman passed the house in a 25 to 14 vote. The House Republican caucus is non-binding and members are encouraged to vote their conscience and the will of their constituents.
For more information contact press secretary Mallory Walser at Mallory.Walser@akleg.gov