Three words kept House Rep. George Rauscher from getting serious consideration for Mike Dunleavy’s Mat-Su District Senate seat: "BDSM Free Zone".

A sign bearing those words hung on Rauscher’s office door after the Juneau Empire published a story of a woman who alleged being assaulted by former Rep. Zach Fansler.

Part of story noted a text apology from Fansler to the woman for bringing out his “BDSM kink.”

Rauscher (R-Sutton) said the sign was never meant to be a joke, but rather a message to Fansler, whose office was a few doors down and across from Rauscher's.

But Gov. Bill Walker’s spokesman Austin Baird said the governor didn’t see it that way and ruled out Rauscher’s candidacy to succeed Dunleavy.

Rauscher was among three names forwarded to Walker for consideration by the Senate district’s Republican Party.

Rauscher said he was never making light of the issue.

"I was making a statement that hiding behind those initials BDSM is not a good reason for hitting a woman,” he said. “There is no good reason for hitting a woman

“So I put that on my door, kind of a clip out of what he said. Just like a gun-free zone, this is also free of that kind of nonsense.”

Rauscher said he posted the sign on a Sunday, Jan. 28, when there is minimal activity this time of year in the Capitol.

He said he took down the sign about 40 minutes after first posting it at the request of a legislative aide.

“It’s not a joke; it’s a very serious topic,” he said. “Yesterday is an example of how when the whole body voted for Brees law. We realize the seriousness of what this means for our young folks.”

Fansler resigned two weeks ago; his resignation took effect February 12.

Dunleavy stepped down last month to focus on the upcoming race for governor.

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