Sitting Legislator Calls Opponent “A-hole”
The votes in the state’s two closest legislative races are in. Senator Hollis French will return to Juneau after winning his race against Bob Bell by 54 votes.
And 24-year old Democratic candidate Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins managed to eek out a victory in the District 34 House race by only 32 votes, meaning that his opponent Republican Bill Thomas can ask for a recount if he wants one.
Kreiss-Tomkins whose mother is a beloved physician in the district, ran an assertive person-to-person campaign, visiting all the small islands that comprise most of the district, and really getting to know his constituents. Bill Thomas, an entrenched Republican who is equally feared and loathed by many had hoped to win a position as co-chair of the powerful finance committee. Even though he was positioned to do so, voters of District 34 knew a good thing when they saw it, and took the opportunity to elect a bright and rising star, while giving Bill Thomas and his seniority the pink slip.
Thomas was doubtless shocked by the outcome. He’s one of those “don’t you know who I am” kind of politicians. And a fun fact many don’t know- during the Corrupt Bastard Days in 2006, Bill Thomas received more money from Bill Allen’s VECO Corporation than any other legislator. You might say he’s the corrupt bastard that got away.
He was asked by radio station KHNS in Haines whether he’d seek a recount:
“I’m not going to say because I want the suspense to lay there. The guy was such an a–hole,” he said. “You know, he lied on so many things and he was supposed to run a clean campaign and he didn’t. So I’m just going to wait.”
Thomas also didn’t hesitate to make his feelings known about the results of the election.
“The district just committed hara-kiri,” he said. “They just didn’t realize what they had as far as seniority and leadership position.”
Yes, the good people of District 34 didn’t realize what a stellar class act they had – and now they lose this elder statesman, this diplomat, this… man of distinction and grace in defeat.
It’s funny how often dirty politicians get bent out of shape by the other guy not running a “clean campaign.” Call me out on my record? How daaaaaare you?
More likely the voters in the district knew exactly what they had, and ejected the pod.