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Alaska Bureaucrat Forced to Resign After Harassing Gun Owner Over ‘Offensive’ Bumper Sticker

Alaska Bureaucrat Forced to Resign After Harassing Gun Owner Over ‘Offensive’ Bumper Sticker

“Please do NOT park this truck with that offensive sticker in this parking lot.”

A state official in Alaska resigned this month after she was exposed for harassing a local man whose pro-guns bumpersticker upset her.

Marti Buscaglia, the executive director of the Alaska State Commission for Human Rights, was triggered last month when she spotted the decal reading “Black Rifles Matter” on a commercial truck in her Anchorage office parking lot. Moved to action, Buscaglia left her business card on the truck’s windshield with an angry message on the back.

“Please do NOT park this truck with that offensive sticker in this parking lot,” the note read.

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Another state employee, Chief Probation Officer Kendall Rhyne, also left her business card on the truck in solidarity with Buscaglia.

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Apparently not satisfied that social justice had been achieved, Buscaglia followed-up later than day, March 14, by posting photographs of the truck and bumper sticker to the Human Rights Commission’s Facebook page.

“In what world is this okay?” she commented.

Buscaglia also apparently emailed the landlord of her office building to file a complaint against the company whose name was on the truck, Sage Mechanical. According to the owner of the truck and the business, Brent Linegar, the landlord then called to inform him of the complaint.

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Linegar said that the email implied he was racist and demanded the landlord “please do something” about his business, which provided service to the building. It also accused Sage Mechanical of doing poor work and lacking judgement, he said.

However, Buscaglia’s campaign quickly backfired. Her Facebook post triggered public outcry over what many saw as an abuse of state power, and the next day, Alaska’s Governor Mike Dunleavy promised an investigation of her actions.

“After review of a post made on the Alaska State Commission for Human Rights social media page yesterday, my office has requested the Department of Law launch an immediate investigation into the matter,” Dunleavy said in a Facebook post.”

“Protecting an individual’s constitutional rights, including the 1st amendment, is of the utmost importance to this administration.”

Based on the findings of the three-week probe, the Alaska State Commission for Human Rights board on April 5 voted 5-2 to suspend Buscaglia for 15 days without pay. One of the “no” votes later told The Associated Press that he voted against the censure because he wanted Buscaglia fired.

Linegar responded in a statement that Buscaglia was a dangerously angry ideologue who was “weaponizing” the Human Rights Commission to pursue her ideological agenda.

“She has willingly wasted taxpayer money, willingly infringed on my 1st and 2nd amendment rights, she willingly tried to cost me and my employees their livelihood and ostracize me in a small community,” he said.

“She then went on to speak to the press and continue to lie about her intentions. If she wanted to simply have a conversation with me, then a note to that effect could have been left on my windshield. Instead, she saw fit to write a different type of note, put my truck on Facebook on the State page and email my client from her state provided email, all the while using the full weight of her title along with her cohort, the chief of parole officers to intimidate me and my client.”

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After citing a past scandal in which Buscaglia was fired for misrepresenting her credentials, Linegar said she needed to lose her current job, too.

“The only way to stop people like this is to get them out of these positions where they can willingly damage others, while pushing their personal agendas and purposefully operate outside of their job scope and directive,” he said. “This is dangerous and Alaska is watching. The world is watching as this situation has been seen all the way in India. Future voters are watching.”

On April 8, Buscaglia resigned from office, saying she was acting in the best interest of the commission.

“I have been contemplating retirement for a while now and I believe the time has come,” she said. “I truly believe it will be in the best interest of the Commission for me to leave now so that the Black Rifles Matter controversy can be put behind us and the Commission can continue to do their excellent work.”

Buscaglia’s case is among a number of recent example of harassment of conservatives gone wrong.

This month, a Palo Alto woman tried to publicly shame a man wearing a “Make American Great Again” hat. But she ended up losing her job and going into hiding amid a wave of opprobrium.

In February, a woman who attacked a man wearing a “MAGA” hat in Massachusetts was found to have immigrated to the United States illegally and was deported.

And in January, a liberal comedian drew attention to herself by offering oral sex to anyone who punched Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann in the face. She was subsequently exposed for lying about writing for “Saturday Night Live.”

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Cover image: Sticker on the back of Sage Mechanical truck (Facebook)Business cards left on the Sage Mechanical truck (Facebook)Marti Buscaglia and Sage Mechanical trucky (Facebook)



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