By: CRAIG E CAMPBELL
Yesterday I was driving down Muldoon Road when I saw a most scary sign. Right there at the intersection of Muldoon and Boundary Ave was a four by six foot Forrest Dunbar for Mayor sign.
With the state races behind us, it seems some are gearing up for the April 2021 mayor’s race.
I have been pretty critical of cabal member Dunbar in the past. With this obvious sign that he wants to be our next mayor, I thought I should share some of my research into this guy. Here’s what I learned.
Forrest Dunbar was the guy who ran against Congressman Don Young in 2014. Recall “Run Forrest, Run.” That didn’t go so well. He lost, but you would have been been a fool to bet against that outcome.
He is a lifelong Alaskan and registered Democrat. He earned a Master’s degree at Harvard and a law degree at Yale, not necessarily centers of conservativism or defenders of individual liberties. Viewing his web site, one would believe he is a moderate who strives to bring people together and make Anchorage the lollipop city of happiness and love.
Don’t get me wrong, I‘m all for happiness and love, but our city has some serious problems that must be addressed right now to avoid becoming a backwater footnote in history, problems created by this uber-liberal government, for which Dunbar has been a central player.
He is in lock-step with our former disgraced mayor, Ethan Berkowitz. “I think Mayor Berkowitz deserves credit for…crafting balanced budgets that include appropriate revenue measures (like new taxes – my add), and largely avoiding the divisiveness and drama that seems to consume DC and Juneau.” – Anchorage Daily News, March 3, 2019.
Dunbar claims that intolerance of the gay community frustrates him. Really, that ship sailed years ago and to harp on it now is to instigate division and disrespect the cultural changes achieved in our society.
Wake up Forrest, President Donald Trump has been one of the strongest supporters of gay issues ever. Period. Take a breath, calm down, the world is not as bigoted as you want it to be.
After college, Dunbar served in the Peace Corps in Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan has a brutally corrupt autocratic government. I know, I also have worked there.
Having witnessed Kazakhstan’s governance, I can’t image anyone who has been there pushing for Socialist governance here in the United States. You would have to be blind to the denial of individual liberties and the crushing hand of the state used to maintain absolute power by the elite in Kazakhstan.
So, what we have is a stereotype Leftist politician who wants you to believe he is for moderate governance that respects diverse opinions while having a track record that gushes just the opposite; elitist Socialism.
Most everyone has heard the idiom “a wolf in sheep’s clothing.” It is used to describe those playing a role contrary to their real character with whom contact is dangerous. Beware of liberal Dunbar presenting himself as your “moderate” choice for mayor. Remember, Dunbar believes our constitution is racist and is proud that his sister and cousin participated in this summer’s “peaceful” protests in Portland.
In another 127 days the voters of Anchorage will elect a new mayor. That’s a long time for caretaker Mayor Quinn-Davidson to really screw up our city.
So why don’t we have a special election? The legal arguments will rage on, but for now the municipal attorney and assembly are rejecting past practices and messaging that the Charter does not mandate a special election. Therefore our Assembly Cabal has decreed that the election for mayor will be at the regular election on April 6, 2021.
Dunbar fully embraces that decision. Forrest understands the threat a special election poses to his future goals. If he can avoid a special election, Caretaker Mayor Quinn-Davidson will have to make the highly unpopular decisions, like her new draconian shut-down order, for the next seven months. That way he can skate having to be held accountable by the public and can concentrate on his deceptive mayoral campaign.
Dunbar’s voting record is clear. He is a liberal that will continue, and even expand the liberal socialist governance that has plagued Anchorage these past five years, bringing us to the edge of economic collapse.
With Eric Croft pulling out of the race, Dunbar knows his biggest threat to becoming mayor is Bill Falsey. Falsey has experience. He is a Yale Law School graduate who clerked for the Alaska Supreme Court. He understands business and was a key negotiator for the sale of the Municipal Light and Power. He managed the 2018 earthquake response. Falsey knows the internal workings of the municipality, having spent the past three years as municipal manager for Ethan Berkowitz, responsible for developing and implementing many of the ill-conceived and damaging actions of our former disgraced mayor.
The bottom line is that Bill Falsey is Dunbar’s worse nightmare.
Dunbar wants to avoid giving Falsey any issues to challenge him next April, which would certainly happen if Dunbar were to be elected Mayor in a special election.
Matt Claman experienced that dilemma when he served as acting mayor in 2009, only to be defeated in the regular election. Therefore, with the support of his Leftists assembly and municipal attorney, no special election is allowed this time.
Dunbar is the political wolf in sheep’s clothing. Anchorage can ill afford to continue the downward spiral of autocratic tyranny that has been cast upon us with the reign of Berkowitz and the nine member uber-liberal Cabal. It has to end.
Forrest Dunbar, you shall never be mayor of Anchorage. Regardless of the liberals’ overt path to corrupt our election system with all mail in ballots and denying us the opportunity to elect our mayor in a special election to protect you from yourself, we are on to you.
Despite no polling places open on election day, you will lose. It should put the fear of God into every civic-minded voter that this upcoming election is prime for vote harvesting, voter tampering, people voting who no longer live in Anchorage or even Alaska, and fraudulent votes being submitted by unethical Leftist groups intending to keep control of our city.
Regardless, the silent majority has been awakened and you will never be our mayor. Period.
Craig E. Campbell served on the Anchorage Assembly between 1986 and 1995 and later as Alaska’s Tenth Lieutenant Governor. He was the previous Chief Executive Officer and President for Alaska Aerospace Corporation. He retired from the Alaska National Guard as Lieutenant General (AKNG) and holds the concurrent retired Federal rank of Major General (USAF).