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Dunleavy administration takes a big chance on Art Chance

Art Chance has been hired by the Dunleavy administration as a policy advisor, reporting to the Deputy Commissioner of Administration. This is peculiar given his epic Facebook rants in which he regularly tells people to “fuck” themselves and threatens to “fuck” the wives or girlfriends of people he disagrees with.

He made the post below yesterday on his Facebook page. Apparently he’s “going dark.” Before he does that I am going to shine some light on Mr. Chance.

If you follow politics in Alaska, even a little, chances are you have come across Art Chance’s sexually aggressive, unhinged comments on Facebook. Art is fond of phrases like “fuck off and die” and “lefty punk,” threatens physical violence, and routinely threatens to “fuck” women. He recently said on a post about Senator Kamala Harris (D – California) running for president, “It’s going to be a lot of work to screw her way into that job.”

Think of your nutty uncle or grandpa who loves to go off on “liberal snowflakes” on Facebook. Then imagine he is hired by the Dunleavy administration for a critical policy role in state government. Forget the Me Too movement: the stuff Art says on Facebook would have been unacceptable in the 1980s.

Art is a retired labor relations director for the State of Alaska. Let’s just say he is not a big fan of labor unions. The appointment is interesting considering how much he loves to rail about state employee pay and double dipping. Which is funny because Art is now double dipping by simultaneously receiving a state pension and working for the Dunleavy administration.

He is a regular contributor on Must Read Alaska, the website run by Alaska Republican Party mouthpiece Suzanne Downing. Here is his biography from the website:

Senior Contributor Art Chance is a retired Director of Labor Relations for the State of Alaska, formerly of Juneau and now living in Anchorage. He is the author of the book, “Red on Blue, Establishing a Republican Governance,” available at Amazon. He only writes for Must Read Alaska when poked with a stick. Chance coined the phrase “hermaphrodite Administration” to describe a governor who is both a Republican and a Democrat, and strangely neither.

Art’s book, “Red on Blue, Establishing a Republican Governance,” provides insight into how he thinks. Below is an excerpt from a chapter titled “Take out the Trash,” in which Art provides advice to an incoming Republican governor. One noteworthy passage reads,

“After allowing yourself a moment to shed a tear for the lost hopes, dreams, girlfriends, boats, and houses, fire everyone in the government that you have a colorable legal right to fire and maybe a few more just to show that you can… Do it within ten seconds of your hand coming off the Bible.”

I wonder where Tuckerman Babcock got the idea to send out all those resignation letters, and ask for a loyalty pledge, from exempt and partially exempt state employees…

Here are a few examples of some of the stuff Mr. Chance has said over the years. If you happen to have any other good examples – and I know many of you do – send them to me and I may update the article with them.

I will share one story about an interaction I had with Mr. Chance a few years back. When I was running for state senate in 2016 Art frequently commented on my posts. Turns out he lives in my district. I heard he was a former labor relations director for the State of Alaska and I was curious to meet him in person. Surprisingly, he agreed and we met at Eddies Sports Bar. Art’s drink that night was Chivas on the rocks. After his fifth one I asked him if he ever worried about running into the people he insults or threatens in real life. He told me, “I’m a small guy and an old man, but if anyone ever fucks with me I have this.” He then opened his coat to show me a holstered pistol. It is illegal to carry a firearm in a bar in Alaska. I was like, “Uh, well we’re definitely cool, Art.”

It is unclear exactly what his role will be in the Dunleavy administration, but special appointments are typically well-compensated and highly influential. Art Chance’s online threats and lewd comments are infamous in political circles, and it is unlikely that the Dunleavy administration was entirely unaware of them. In his State of the State address last night, Governor Dunleavy talked about the sexual assault epidemic in our State and said it must end. What does it say when his administration hires a man who routinely writes things like “I’d take her away and give her the best fucking of her life.”

Update: This screen shot was just sent to me by a reader. Add racist to the list.

Update: These screen shots were just sent to me by another reader. Add homophobic to the list.

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5 years ago

Sad that someone who has a limited vocabulary and obscene defense mechanism would be working for our new Governor. Let’s hope when he gets out of hand, the Governor throws him out.

Jo E
5 years ago
Reply to  Caren

He should be thrown out NOW. We don’t need this kind of racist, sexist, horrible human as any kind of representative of our state government, let alone advising the governor on policy. I’m actually disgusted by the man that chose him, this is a reflection of his decision making skills, and I’m very concerned.

5 years ago

Had a few ADN “conversations” with Chance. Truly stunned and speechless here.

J France
5 years ago

It is getting harder and harder to admit that I actually voted for Mike Dunleavy. Only a nihilist or psychopath would knowingly hire Art Chance for a key position in government. At the VERY best this is a demonstration of extraordinary recklessness or lack of competence in the new admin. “I’d take her away and give her the best fucking of her life.” Jesus Christ.

5 years ago
Reply to  J France

Honest question: why did you expect this to go any differently?

Janna Stewart
5 years ago

It appears that Mr. Dunleavy has his own personal Steve Bannon.

5 years ago

It has been said that you can tell a lot about a person by the company they keep. Art Chance, Tuckerman Babcock, Amy Demboski and others do not cast this governor, or his administration, in a good light.

5 years ago
Reply to  TheDudeAbides

Follow the church…

Larry N Gitus
5 years ago

Lord, protect me from your followers

5 years ago

Words cannot describe how shocked I am that the Governor Dunleavy would hire this guy for anything! He should be banned from the State of Alaska!

Foo Bar
5 years ago

Art’s all for his “Confederate Heritage”, too. Totally racist southerner, all the way. Too bad he doesn’t pack up his carpetbag and leave.

Foo Bar
5 years ago

ADN’s latest: “Also Thursday evening, Dunleavy press secretary Matt Shuckerow said former state labor relations director Art Chance will no longer be joining the administration. Chance, who has a history of vulgar, vitriolic and misogynistic posts on social media, had been slated to join the Department of Administration as a policy adviser.” Great job, 2 at a time! I hope that you can find dirt on Arduino before she does too much damage!

5 years ago

Holy crackers and shenanigans! You sure you’re not being infiltrated Governor? Two in one shot is an anomaly…. please scrub the rest, phones, home computers, etc. This is the time to be proactive and not reactive with your staff to assure your promises are met. Proactively investigating your staff and it’s sub parts will be more cost effective in the long run and you’ll have a sense of security knowing you truly do have a team configured for your term and no more scandalous behavior.

Michael Garner
5 years ago

I would like to know which Dunleavy advisor pushed Art Chance to get a job. Whoever that person is should be handed his pink slip.

5 years ago
Reply to  Michael Garner

Smart money is on Babcock. His greasy fingerprints are all over this.

5 years ago

While the old saying goes, ‘think it, don’t say it’ applies. Using f**k so often in written statements, will only come back to bite you. Unfortunately the statement about K. Harris and W. Brown are correct. It doesn’t take much research to find that out.

5 years ago
Reply to  Liz

The trouble with getting your news from the Washington Examiner or other dark sources is that you look like a fool with nothing to show for it ‘Liz’. The assertion is slimy and you posting it makes you slimy.

5 years ago

Who wants to bet the Art is now “Frozen Logic” and “Rough Cut” on the
ADN comments section?

1 year ago
Reply to  GrandmaTheGrey

I’ll take that bet Grandma ….. I am Frozen Logic & I don’t even know who Chance is.
Do you really think all conservative opinions that you disagree with come from just a handful of people? … should get out more.

Mike Mason
5 years ago

That’s what you get when you mess with Speedo Man!

Crage Larson
5 years ago

Artsy Fartsy Chance couldn’t find his little pecked if he used both hands. Fartsy left Juneau because his tiny ego couldn’t handle being hated. Ever see Fartsy walk around with his head tilted back? That’s because he gets nose bleeds from trying to stuff his head up his butt when he loses an argument. I heard tiny little insect turned Fartsy down who he threatened to rape the little feller.