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The hypocrisy of woke women calling on Chris Tuck to step aside

The Alaska Current recently published an opinion piece by several Anchorage women contrasting Anchorage mayoral candidate Chris Tuck and one of his opponents, Suzanne LaFrance. Tuck, the only Democrat in the race, and LaFrance, an independent, are both vying to unseat Mayor Dave Bronson, a Republican.

Laura Norton-Cruz, Itzel Zagal, Melissa Mayer, Tyonna Bounds, Polly Carr, Kate Constenstein, Tasha Boyer, and Barbara Norton were quick to criticize Tuck for being “another white man” and admonished his decision to enter the race “despite many progressives asking him not to.”

Identity politics, like criticizing a white male candidate primarily because the color of his skin and gender, is nothing new to progressives. Often these targeted type of attacks get convoluted because they aren’t based on principles or morals, but rather what best suits a given situation.

Two of the more politically active authors of the piece are Laura Norton-Cruz and Polly Carr. Norton-Cruz has written publicly how important it is to her to elect female candidates. Yet, based on past endorsements and social media photos of her filled out ballot, Norton-Cruz has supported a white man over women candidates several times in recent local elections. Both Norton-Cruz and Carr supported now-Senator Forrest Dunbar (D – Anchorage) (a white man) last year when he ran against then-Representative Geran Tarr (a Democrat and woman). Ironically, Tuck supported the female candidate: Tarr.

If voting more women into office is the primary objective of the authors, several of them have failed their own litmus test as recently as the last election cycle. The women standing for LaFrance also contrast her consistently pro-choice views against Tuck, who is a pro-life Democrat. When voting for governor last year, independent candidate Bill Walker appeared at the top of lead author Norton-Cruz’s ranked ballot, above Democrat Les Gara, a staunch supporter of reproductive rights. As an aside, Walker effectively has the same position as Tuck: personally pro-life but supports a woman’s right to choose.

Upon examination of their actions, it appears Norton-Cruz and Carr’s voting habits have less to do with gender and race than a candidate’s values, position on the issues, and perceived chances to win. In the case of Walker, Norton-Cruz ranked the pro-life candidate first after writing he had the best chance defeat Governor Mike Dunleavy (R – Alaska). The women who stand for LaFrance feel she is the most qualified candidate that best reflects their values and is well positioned to challenge incumbent Mayor Bronson. Those are well reasoned arguments that are important for potential Tuck or LaFrance voters to consider. But to say Tuck’s race, gender, and pro-life views are reason enough for him to step aside is hypocritical.

The Anchorage mayoral election is eight months away, and many more candidates are likely to enter the race. Instead of deciding who should or should not run based on their body parts, skin color, or which progressive gatekeepers permit them to enter the race, voters would be better served if political operatives and partisans focus on the ideas of the candidates.

The piece opens with the authors referencing Greta Gerwig’s Barbie movie as a reason Tuck should step aside: “We also find it tiresome that in the summer when the most popular blockbuster is inviting audiences to critique patriarchy and imagine alternatives to male domination in politics and society, some Democrats are unable to imagine a different future for Anchorage.”

To many, Gerwig’s film seems like the ultimate celebration of female empowerment, however the entire movie is about how damaging it is to elevate one gender over the other. The majority of Anchorage voters are much less concerned with whether the contenders for mayor are a Barbie or a Ken than they are about each candidate’s vision for the future of our city. And that’s a good thing.

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Andrew Andrew
11 months ago

This shows an incredibly poor understanding of Progressive politics, and comes off rather like childish right-wing propaganda. Of course there are numbskulls on the left. I’d suggest they are outnumbered by those on the right. But that’s a side issue. Of more concern is a Democrat running against a significant aspect of the party platform- nothing against him running, but his critics are right that he should not run as a Democrat

ProjectVeritas’BiggestStar
11 months ago
Reply to  Andrew Andrew

He’s not running as a Democrat, is he? I thought Muni elections are non-partisan.

Pablo
11 months ago

You are correct, the elections are non-partisan. But that only means that ones party affiliation, if you have one, is not listed on the ballot. It does nothing to prevent candidates from stating their political party or affiliation.

Dan
11 months ago

The “Chris Tuck is a mysogynistic DINO” movement is too convienently timed for me to take it very seriously. And, the inherent inference that Suzanne’s prmary qualifications are her naughty bits veils her very impressive qualifications.

She should tell her allies to knock this stuff off. All it does is sully her campaign by association.

If Tuck is as bad as Scott Kendall suggests he is, how the hell did Kendall keep his mouth shut about it back when Tuck was his ally.

Rat Pack
11 months ago

Good grief, really ? Can I have my 2 minutes back ?

Floridawoman
11 months ago

Am not sure of the authors of this piece understand what the word woke is referring to. The headline is very misleading, unless of course the writer were asleep at the keyboard. Words like “woke” “liberal” “socialist” “progressive” “globalist” are thrown around like darts by many during times when they are faced with ideas or choices that are different than their own. A clear example is no where in the actual article, besides the title, is the word “woke” used…..throw mud much?

Some guy
11 months ago
Reply to  Floridawoman

I’m not sure you understand what woke means, but I don’t expect many Floridians do! I consider myself to be a woke person, but assuming Jeff’s and Allyson’s reporting of the publicly made statements of these opponents of Tuck are correct it would lead me to believe they are hypocritical woke people. Which in this case actually sounds anti-woke, being that they seem to be judging this man based almost solely on his gender and race. 🤦. By the way, are ANC muni elections ranked choice? Because, if they are, who cares how many people run, just rank your vote… Read more »

Floridawoman
11 months ago
Reply to  Some guy

If you are a man, like Chris Tuck, telling and legislating what women can and what they cannot do with their bodies….

you do the math

Some guy
11 months ago
Reply to  Floridawoman

I support a woman’s right to choose what they to do with their bodies and I certainly do not support legislation nor candidates that support legislation that try to control what a woman can and cannot do with their bodies. I also support a persons right, man or woman to have an opinion, even if it doesn’t align with my viewpoints, and also run for office should they choose to. I also support the opponents who penned the letter against tuck to have the right to express their viewpoint, and in this case, I have to agree with Jeff and… Read more »

Floridawoman
11 months ago
Reply to  Some guy

Everyone is a hypocrite…its a classic ad hominem attack technique…flip-flopper…wavery..I have no idea why, but I expect better than Downing techniques from Jeff.

Some guy
11 months ago
Reply to  Floridawoman

You do do know Jeff is a sensationalist right? “The Alaska Landmine-Explosive News from the Last Frontier”. I don’t really read much of what Downing publishes, but I get the sense that there is a little less vitriol in his writing.

Floridawoman
11 months ago
Reply to  Some guy

My bad, I thought he was journalist 🙂

Floridawoman
11 months ago
Reply to  Floridawoman

My bad, I thought he was a journalist 🙂

Some guy
11 months ago
Reply to  Floridawoman

I’m mean sure, he journals. But this is obviously an opinion piece.

Tucker
11 months ago
Reply to  Floridawoman

All women have a choice on whether they want children or not from the time they decide to have unprotected sex. Unless it’s a rape or insect.

Rick
11 months ago
Reply to  Some guy

RCV is state, not MOA.

Some guy
11 months ago
Reply to  Rick

I guess some folks better start campaigning or encourage get some more conservatives to run against Bronson.

Ivan Moore
11 months ago

Here’s the bottom line: Mayor Bronson is much more likely to win re-election by getting 45% in the first go around than by getting 50% in a runoff. Some candidates are just not well-equipped to get 50%. So for anyone interested in seeing him not win, which lets face it all these “wokesters” are, having as many candidates in the race is actually what you should want to see, instead of trying to pare the race down eight months out in an attempt to boost your preferred candidate. Relax… if your preferred candidate is the best candidate, she will get… Read more »

Dan
11 months ago
Reply to  Ivan Moore

Do you mean to say that the “primary” electorate is more “conservative” than the runoff electorate?

Martin
11 months ago
Reply to  Ivan Moore

Problem is that Tuck and LaFrance will split the anti-Bronson vote, which has been identified as the majority of municipal voters, allowing Bronson to be reelected. Far as I know, the election is not ranked choice as per statewide elections, but a run-off takes place if nobody gets a 45% plurality the first time. Correct? This could be a repeat of the negative campaigning that doomed both Palin and Begich (though in that case, I was personally pleased with the outcome. In this case, not so much.)

sam
11 months ago

this over usage of the word woke is so nauseating

Tucker
11 months ago
Reply to  sam

The overuse if right wingers and extremist are just as nauseating.

Pol
11 months ago

Noone writing anything serious should use the term woke. Its broad and ridiculous

Frank Rast
11 months ago

Aftwer two years of an inept Bronson administration that has removed many competent City workers Progressives are not willing to get behind a candidate who preaches moderation and compromise, and has zero experience with the Assembly. Particularly one that drags the Democratic Party into a non-partisan race

Grateful Alaskan
11 months ago

LOL. I really thought that at least one of the comments would dive into why supporting straight cis white Dunbar over Tarr (who had most of the low income and minority vote, in addition to having female bits) was a super legit progressive move.

Bashing on straight, white, free-journalism Jeff is SO. MUCH. EASIER.

Another good one from last cycle was libs leaving Harriet Drummond out to dry and backing straight, white, Zack Fields instead.

Nunya Bidnaz
11 months ago

How about when Norton-Cruz (white) helped to try to stifle George Martinez’s (brown) campaign before it could even get started… wait for it… for the same grounds they lead that oped with… that liberals needed to unite around [Dunbar] to beat Bronson [in the first place]? I held my nose and voted for Dunbar in the runoff, but know folks who didn’t vote in that race because they felt like the establishment buffalo’d the field to ensure Falsey and Martinez didn’t have a shot, even though they both seemed to have more crossover appeal. White women: “Shut up Elvi and… Read more »