Some legislators said they thought Babcock’s confirmation would be unlikely.
Though a judge found Dunleavy and Babcock’s actions so egregious that they should be held personally liable, the state has now paid almost $1 million in settlements on their behalf.
Several sitting legislators said they believe Babcock is unlikely to be confirmed by the Legislature when it meets next spring.
Observers say not to expect the next four years to repeat much of the first four.
Micciche said his reasoning is simple — he wants to spend more time with his family.
Babcock is running for the seat currently held by Sen. Peter Micciche.
Federal District Court Judge John Sedwick ruled in October that Dunleavy and his former chief of staff violated the First Amendment rights of two state doctors by requiring them to sign what they deemed a loyalty pledge. The Legislature must now decide whether to fund settlement payments of $495,000 in the state budget.
It will cost the state of Alaska nearly half a million dollars to settle with two doctors Gov. Mike Dunleavy fired from the state psychiatric hospital for refusing to take what they deemed a political loyalty pledge. The settlement between ends the case, with no admission of fault.
Libby Bakalar says she feels vindicated by the win and wants to make sure that what happened to her never happens to another state employee.
According to a timeline of the events written by the Department of Law, the governor’s office did not request a human resources investigation until June 11, at least 68 days after the woman’s supervisor in the governor’s office became aware of the misconduct and informed Ben Stevens, Dunleavy’s chief of staff.