Archive for December 10th, 2011
When WC was a pup, growing up in Fairbanks, his mother used to warn him to be choosy about his friends. “You’ll be judged by the company you keep,” she used to say. Zillionaire Bob Gillam’s mother failed to teach him the same lesson. Or Gillam didn’t listen.
At the hearing on his latest alleged violations of Alaska campaign laws, Gillam reportedly described George Jacko as “my eyes and ears in Bristol Bay.”
Perhaps Mr. Gillam has spent so much time Outside earning his billions and at his Fish Castle in Lake Clark National Park that he is unaware of Mr. Jacko’s . . . checkered . . . career.
Item. In at 4:30 AM in 1993, a severely drunk Senator George Jacko (D, Pedro Bay) called the police dispatcher. He said he was a state legislator and wanted the police to help him get into the motel room of a female legislative aide. The dispatcher asked why. ”It’s confidential,” the senator said. “It has to do with state government . . . . It’s kind of an urgent situation.” The 1993 L.A. Times story is the first thing that turns up if you Google George Jacko’s name.
Item. In 1994, the Senate subcommittee of the legislative ethics committee found Jacko guilty on three counts of using his office to seek sexual favors and companionship from women. Jacko was married at the time of the incidents, though his wife later filed for divorce. The Senate officially censured Jacko in 1994. Among other things, Jacko offered to change his vote on a matter in return for a Senate page’s sexual favors.
Item. In 1997, Sarah Thiele had to get a restraining order to keep the 38-year old Jacko away from her 16-year old daughter. Jacko ignored and violated the restraining order and ended up convicted of the crime. Mr. Jacko fought the conviction all the way to the Alaska Court of Appeals, because, he said, the complaint falsely said he was in the fourth degree of consanguinity of the 16-year old, when in fact it was the fifth degree. Jacko saw nothing wrong, apparently, with a 38-year old man chasing a 16-year old girl.
Item. In 1998, at his criminal sentencing, the late Judge Jon Link said Jacko must choose between a rehabilitation program or jail to curb what a judge called a pattern of “sexually predatory” acts. “Mr. Jacko is in denial, a classic case of denial,” Superior Court Judge Jonathan Link said at Jacko’s sentencing hearing. Jacko also was barred from unsupervised contact with girls under 18 during his five-year probation. Jacko responded that he was a victim of political and personal enemies.
Item. If you search Alaska Case View for “George Jacko,” you turn up about 30 lawsuits, ranging from a remarkable collection of traffic tickets through an impressive number of folks trying to recover money Jacko owed them, a couple of completely unsurprising divorces, to some of the appalling items listed above.
The money Bob Gillam is paying his “eyes and ears in Bristol Bay” is apparently now going to satisfy one of Jacko’s creditors, at least as of September 2011, so at least someone is benefiting from all this.
WC doesn’t want to be understood to be attacking Mr. Jacko, who obviously has enough problems as it is.
No, this is about Mr. Gillam. In his relentless, unstinting and scofflaw exercise of the worst case of NIMBY that WC has ever seen, Mr. Gillam presumably wanted the very best he could find. Price, obviously, was no object. And he found Mr. Jacko. It’s troubling at so many levels and in so many ways that WC won’t go further.
Except to remind Mr. Gillam that you are judged by the company you keep.