The first time was on August 11th, when Bill Weimar was charged with Federal crimes. I showed Jerry's picture, writing:
One of the things I argued with Bill about was whether or not he should have anything to do with Jerry Ward. My side of the argument - don't touch Ward with a ten-foot pole - lost.
And on November 21st, when his name surfaced in the bizarre post-trial convolutions around very soon-to-be-ex-Senator Ted Stevens, I again brought up Ward's seemingly unexplainable Karmic loops:
In 1992, while working for Bill Weimar as the director of his Anchorage Cordova Center, I had to deal with the Department of Corrections' unwillingness to send a serial rapist back to prison, for his conduct while a resident at the Cordova Center. In the hearing, held at Anchorage's Cook Inlet Pre-Trial Facility, sitting in the shadows, intimidating the hearing officers, was Wally Hickel's cleaner/plumber, Jerry Ward.
I almost lost the hearing. I wanted this sick fuck kid back in prison forever. Ward wanted him on the street, so his grateful dad would feed more money to Wally, and possibly Ward. But, just as the hearing officers seemed to be ready to accommodate Ward, a courageous probation officer, who had a hunch on this kid, came into the hearing room, and handed a long fax to the hearing chief. He looked at it a long time.
The fax was from the King County Washington Sheriff. They were interested in this kid, based on information the probation officer and I had shared with them. The kid is still in prison.
Ward was pissed that I had won.
And I concluded that post with:
As I've been saying, we'll hear more about Jerry Ward soon.
Jerry Ward is no less, no more an emblem of Alaska Republican Party politics than is Sarah Palin.
At least Ward probably had some tiny bit of inner honesty all along to admit to himself, looking at his face in the mirror, all alone, that he was a slimy douche bag.
He still is.
image by Ken Erickson