Open Letter to Alaskan Rep Mike Doogan

Democrat or not, don't fuck with bloggers, Sir.

From DKos' Jennifer Bruenjes (a/k/a the formerly anonymous "Scout Finch"):

This country has long prided itself on the principle of freedom of speech. Writing anonymously about the affairs of our government is as old a tradition--or arguably even older--as our government itself. And the ability to speak freely without fear of retribution is as entrenched in our society as deeply as apple pie and fireworks on the Fourth of July.

So, imagine my surprise to discover this morning that you have taken it upon yourself to "out" the increasingly well-known Alaskan blogger known simply as AKMuckraker at the blog mudflats. From your newsletter:

Anonymous Blogger Anonymous No More

The identity of the person who writes the liberal Democratic Mudflats blog has been secret since the blog began, protected by the Anchorage Daily News, among others. My own theory about the public process is you can say what you want, as long as you are willing to stand behind it using your real name. So I was interested to learn that the woman who writes the blog is Anchorage resident _______.*

Best wishes,


Whatever your reasoning, you've certainly caught our attention. And if you think we are going to scuttle back into the shadows and let this pass, you've got another thing coming. Your petty, vindictive, unprofessional, unethical, and perhaps even illegal actions are certain to come back to haunt you. The drumbeat for a 2010 primary opponent has already begun. You can bet your last frozen dollar your next opponent will have support far and wide -- from across Alaska and well beyond. Of course, given the possible legal ramifications of your actions, getting re-elected next year may well be the least of your concerns.

Jennifer Bruenjes
a/k/a the formerly anonymous "Scout Finch"

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