Alaska lawmaker with Oath Keepers ties eligible for office

Alaska lawmaker with Oath Keepers ties eligible for office
Published: Dec. 23, 2022 at 10:53 AM AKST
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - An Alaska judge has ruled that a state lawmaker with ties to the far-right Oath Keepers group is eligible to hold office.

Superior Court Judge Jack McKenna issued the ruling Friday after overseeing a trial this month in the case against Republican state Rep. David Eastman.

The decision can be appealed. Eastman was sued by Randall Kowalke, who earlier this year filed a challenge to Eastman’s candidacy for the Alaska House with the state Division of Elections.

The ruling says Eastman is a member of the organization but hasn’t intended to overthrow the United States government.