Alaska AG Resigns After Sending 558 ‘Uncomfortable’ Messages To Junior Employee
According to The Hill, Alaska Attorney General Kevin Clarkson (R) has resigned after allegedly sending several hundred “uncomfortable” messages to a younger female employee.
- In his resignation letter to Governor Mike Dunleavy (R), which was obtained by The Hill, Clarkson expressed regret for his behavior.
- "I regret that my actions and errors in judgment in interacting with a state employee have become a distraction to the good work and good people working in the state’s and your service," the Republican wrote.
Records obtained by the Anchorage Daily News and ProPublica show Clarkson sending the female employee hundreds of text messages at all hours during a 27-day span, including late at night, usually punctuated with suggestive emojis such as a kiss face.
The former state attorney general claimed in his resignation letter that he did not supervise the female colleague, adding that he believed that the feelings he messaged her about were "reciprocal" and "mutual."
- “There is nothing remotely salacious about the texts. In our texts we exchanged innocent mutual endearments between us in words and emojis,” Clarkson said. “On several occasions, this person initiated a friendly hug when I came to her work place, and I reflexively gave her a tiny peck of a kiss on top of her head.”
- The Hill reported that “In April, the colleague reportedly sent Clarkson a message asking him to respect their professional relationship.”
On Monday night, the former attorney general sent a statement to a blog called Must Read Alaska stating, "I wish to take public responsibility for errors of judgment that led directly, but unintentionally, to my placing a State employee in an uncomfortable environment in her workplace. This employee was not in the department of law, I was not her supervisor, and I did not supervise her; nevertheless, I should never have placed her in this uncomfortable situation. For this, I am truly sorry."