Celtic Diva's Blue Oasis: McHugh Pierre tells retired U.S. Army Officer that McCain Campaign is on its way to Alaska

Monday, September 01, 2008

McHugh Pierre tells retired U.S. Army Officer that McCain Campaign is on its way to Alaska

Barbara Bachmeier walked into the Republican Party offices Friday looking for someone else but she found McHugh Pierre. He's on leave from the Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and hand-picked by Sarah Palin to act as the Alaska Republican Party spokesperson in place of Republican Chair, Randy Reudrich.

Bachmeier walked in just as Pierre hung up the phone. She described his look as "the cat that just swallowed the canary."

Pierre: "I just got off the phone with the McCain people. They are coming in tomorrow to do their investigations."

Bachmeier (incredulously): Now???!!! This is going to be like an episode of the "Beverly Hillbillies!"

Pierre: (nods and smiles)

Bachmeier: "Do you really think she's going to win?"

Pierre: "No, but she's really going to do a lot for Alaska."

Bachmeier goes to the Republican Party office as often as she visits the Alaska Democrats. She also attended the conventions of both parties. She is a registered "non-partisan" and maintains her neutrality in all-things-political because of her roll as an advocate for woman veterans who have experienced Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and the debilitating Post Tramatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) which is the result in most cases. As an MST survivor herself, her avocation is helping others like her by starting the 501-C3 "Women Serving Women Veterans" and the "Alaska Military Veterans PAC"--the only Federally recognized veterans Political Action Ccommittee in Alaska.

As a matter of fact, Barbara inadvertantly shared her conversation with Pierre while we were discussing the progress of both organizations and the work we would do together when I got home (I was still in Denver). My personal mission is to work with veterans...especially disabled vets. I am already dedicated to one non-profit, Veteran's Aviation Outreach, and I am also going to do some work with Barbara.

It was clear when she recounted the story of her day at Republican headquarters that she didn't expect my reaction.


In my writing, I had been very careful to leave Barbara's name out of it because a) she didn't have any political agenda when she told me this information, we were just talking about veterans' issues and b) I didn't want there to be any kind of retaliation against her.

However, McHugh Pierre's insistance upon lying in the comments of the blog posts got her back up. His second comment especially irritated her:
I figured I would share the truth with you. Obviously you don't care about the truth so soldier on rumor monger!
She found it interesting that he used the term "soldier on."

"If you don't stand for something, you stand for nothing. I am a soldier and I stand for the truth," Bachmeier stated as we talked in my cramped little office. "I can't stand it when anyone is being disingenuous and I know about it."

However, she wants it known that she's not anybody's "mouthpiece."

"I have no loyalty to either party. My loyalties are with the active-duty soldiers and the veterans. Many of Alaska's veterans are in dire straits and I need everybody's help to bring about change. I just call them as I see them"

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Blogger Franco said...

UH-OH Sarah getting lawyered up for Troopergate....Just said on NBC

is this strike 2?

9/01/2008 1:23 PM  
Anonymous smintheus said...

This is important information. Thank you, and thanks to Barbara Bachmeier for coming forward. The sloppy and hasty job that John McCain did in vetting Sarah Palin ought to disqualify him from the presidency.

9/01/2008 1:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is an attempt by a defeated candidate to discredit a great governor and now Vice Presidential Candidate which most likely will backfire and will in turn cause a similar effect on Barack Hussein Obama's camp just like Swift Boat did to Kerry 4 years ago.

Just watch and see....

9/01/2008 4:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God help us all if McCain/Palin win this election. I'm nervous like I never was with Bush in office...and believe me...I was nervous with Bush!

9/01/2008 4:28 PM  
Blogger AK Engineer said...

I'm still in shock.


9/01/2008 5:37 PM  
Blogger CelticDiva said...

Oh anon #1--

This time (one of the rare times) I had this info before Andrew because of Barbara.

But nice try...

9/01/2008 6:20 PM  
Blogger The truth said...

Contrary to what McCain camp is saying right now, Sara Palin was never vetted. They didn’t even search newspaper archives to the surprise of many political insiders who know about vetting. By the way the reason why the McCain campaign is heading to Alaska is not to do investigation but to stop any leak from reaching the media. The rumor according to some republicans in the know is that she was involved in some sort of marriage counseling resulting from infidelity but whether she was the guilty party is still unclear. Stay tuned…

9/01/2008 6:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonkette has been on Too-Odds little "John Edwards problem" for a while now.

What's most important is the Alaska Bloggers role in clarifying and clearing up the innuendo and half-truths out there.

Without important bloggers like CD and Alaskareport, the best damn news-aggregator out there, we'd be just that much more clueless about all of this.

Keep plugging away, just wait until Sarah's ticket for Tinted Windows comes up, that'll cause a roar !

Better get on it CD !!!!!

9/01/2008 6:45 PM  
Blogger Erick said...

This just in from MSNBC's front page:


I think that Mr. Pierre owes you an apology.

Erick Cordero
Candidate for Alaska State Senate.

9/01/2008 7:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is this man, McHugh Pierre? Is it a stage name? It sounds fake. Should we know him?

Does "the cat that just swallowed the canary" mean that he looked guilty or happy?

9/01/2008 10:51 PM  

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