In a bizarre response to an email to members of the Alaska House of Representatives, Representative Ben Carpenter (R – Nikiski) asked if COVID stickers could be “available as a yellow Star of David.” Jews were required to wear a Star of David in Nazi Germany. The email listed protocols that include legislators wear stickers in the Capitol that indicate they have been screened for COVID-19.
Legislators will be returning to Juneau on Monday to deal with a lawsuit about federal COVID aid. They need to pass a bill ratifying how the Legislative Budget and Audit (LB&A) Committee accepted the money.
The email that went to House members said:
Representatives and staff –
Please see the attached session safety protocols developed by LAA and reviewed by Dr. Anne Zink, Chief Medical Officer and Dr. Joe McLaughlin, State Epidemiologist
Here are the proposed protocols:
Here is Carpenter’s response:
Since then several legislators have replied. Representatives Grier Hopkins (D – Fairbanks) and Andy Josephson (D – Anchorage), who are both Jewish, condemned Carpenter’s remarks. Representative Sarah Vance (R – Homer) came to Carpenter’s defense. Here are those emails:
One thing is for sure. It’s guaranteed to get very loose next week in the Capitol.