Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Former Anchorage Assemblyman And Progressive Firebrand Allan Tesche Dead At The Age Of 60 After Open Heart Surgery In Texas

In a newly-developing story, former Anchorage Assemblyman Allan Tesche, known as an unreconstructed and unapologetic progressive firebrand, has suddenly passed on at the age of 60 three days after undergoing open heart surgery in Texas. According to the Anchorage Daily News and KTUU Channel 2, Tesche died Tuesday July 14th following a surgery on Friday July 10th in Texas to repair his aorta and a heart valve. The media were notified of this development by Tesche's law firm and by Assembly Clerk Barbara Gruenstein.

No official obituary has been published by ADN yet. When published, it most likely will be available HERE. Additional stories now published as follows:

-- Anchorage Press: "Goodbye, Mr. Tesche"
-- Anchorage Daily News: "Our view: Tesche"
-- The Alaska Standard: "Allan Tesche enjoyed a good debate"

This was not the first time Tesche had received open heart surgery. In 2006, during his third and final term on the Assembly, Tesche suffered a rupture of his aorta and underwent emergency surgery in Anchorage.

Allan Tesche served three consecutive terms on the Anchorage Assembly, representing the Downtown District (Section 1), considered the most liberal district in Anchorage. Although not the most personable individual around, his legal background, understanding of municipal procedures, and elocutory skills earned him the respect and loyalty of many constituents, particularly among those in the South Addition and Fairview neighborhoods. First elected in 1999, he twice won re-election by authoritative margins, over a populist opponent in 2002 and over a more conservative opponent in 2005. Term limits precluded his seeking a fourth term in 2008; he was replaced by Patrick Flynn, who shares much of Tesche's political philosophy, but who is considerably more personable. A more complete professional resume of Tesche's life can be viewed HERE.

Some significant snippets of Tesche's tenure on the Assembly:

-- Although one of Allan Tesche's favorite catchphrases was "elevate the discourse", sometimes he would get so caught up in the heat of elocutory passion that prudence would sometimes sail right out the window. For example, in referring to former Assemblyman Paul Bauer's failed immigration ordinance, Tesche noted that Bauer made his latest bid to push his plan “on the 75th anniversary of Hitler’s rise to power.” Tesche was rather fond of playing the Nazi card when expressing disagreement with some interlocutors.

-- In 2003, Allan Tesche led the charge for an intrusive and expensive sign ordinance which would have cost some businesses thousands of dollars to implement. Fortunately, this was modified in 2007 by a more conservative assembly which chose to grandfather existing business owners.

-- Allan Tesche engaged in a protracted dispute with the Fantasies on Fifth Avenue strip club, which resulted in an ordinance passed which singled out this club alone for harsher treatment. Tesche exhibited some personal bias against this club, once characterizing it as a place where "you tie these little lambs up to a stake and let the lions come in and feast their eyes, their fantasies, and god knows what else." The club got off to a bad start when it first opened, but made a serious attempt to clean up its act. But the municipal vendetta against the club proceeded nonetheless.

-- Allan Tesche intercepted a phone call between Assemblymen Dan Coffey and Bill Starr in 2008 which implied that sitting Assembly members were trying to channel campaign funds to Assembly candidates of their choice. But instead of simply forwarding the information to APOC for investigation, Tesche gave the tape to then-talk show host Aaron Selbig to be aired on his progressive talk show on the IBEW-owned KUDO 1080 AM. While nothing about this was illegal, it was viewed by many as an opportunistic attempt by Tesche to manipulate the Eagle River Assembly election away from Bill Starr and towards the union-endorsed "write-in" candidate Janet Brand (Starr won the election by a narrow margin).

Allan Tesche also championed other intrusive and invasive legislation, such as both anti-smoking ordinances and the IM emission exhaust inspection program. He basically subscribed to the progressive notions that government is the source of economic salvation, people cannot be trusted to manage themselves without regulation and minders, and that the presumption of guilt is preferable. An archive of ADN stories about Allan Tesche is available HERE. His holdover Assembly blog is still available HERE.

A more progressive perspective on Allan Tesche is published by Mudflats, for those who want to know why he inspires strong loyalty amongst the progressive community.

Tesche leaves behind his wife, Pam. While I certainly disagreed with much of Tesche's political philosophy, and depsised some of his political gamesmanship, I respect the man's talents and his unbridled commitment to his beliefs. He was never a fake. I extend my own condolences to his family.


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  2. Because there are no sour grapes - this is an assessment of his political career on the Assembly from the conservative viewpoint.

    The man was true to his beliefs - but many of them are not, in my opinion, in the best interests of society.

  3. good riddance to this judenswine. I will shat upon his memory.

  4. Anonymous - I had forgotten about that, since Tesche never publicly identified as Jewish. His politics were enough of an issue. Then again, that might explain his frequent references to "Hitler" and to "Nazis"

    Now if you're looking for a politican who plays that card, look no further than Jay Ramras. When C4P's R.A. Mansour was on the Eddie Burke show, and was taking Jay Ramras to school, Ramras conuntered by calling her "anti-Semite". Laughable, because C4P avoids that sort of thing. But it shows Ramras' desperation.

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  6. "judenswine"?
    What a pathetic twit...I bet when you think of all the times your mama smacked up-side your fat head you call her a jew.
    So far in the last few years of watching you so called "white" clowns come and go to jail, prison or to hell, every time someone does something to piss you off or you just can't deal with it, you call them kikes, jews, judenswine, judenrats, jew bitches, jew sonsofbitches and on and on.
    I've seen you accuse each other of being a jew when you piss each other off. What a bunch of inbred nitwits you show yourselves to be day in and day out.
    Gads get a freaking life!

    You going to delete this one Loerbovitch?


  7. To Anonymous at 6:38 -

    What a disgusting comment.

    Mr Loerbs - Why do allow this comment to stay on your blog ?

    Do you have a clue as to why no other Alaskan blogger, except perhaps for, "As The Fireweed Turns", wants to be associated with you ?

  8. good riddance to this judenswine. I will shat upon his memory.

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  9. The man was true to his beliefs - but many of them are not, in my opinion, in the best interests of society.

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  10. Don't feed the troll. ;)

    BTW, Tesche was not Jewish. He grew up Episcopalian and attended Lutheran churches in Anchorage since the 70s.

    If you're gonna say cruel things about him, at least get your epithets right.

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