Here’s Lynn Willis and Jon K going at it, as they tend to do, over Gov.-elect Bill Walker’s choice of his law partner for attorney general:
Lynn Willis November 26, 2014 at 11:11 am
Eventually Alaska will realize the mistake our founders made by allowing the A.G. to be appointed and not elected. While the appointment option may occasionally produce a person with a “pure heart” who is motivated primarily to serve the public, it often results in the appointment of nothing more than a “consigliere” for the Governor.
Perhaps this latest appointee will be a true advocate for Alaskans; however, our recent history has not been so inspiring. Recent appointees were seemingly motivated to first protect the boss who appointed them from political embarrassment (or worse) as appeared to be the case with Dan Sullivan regarding the creation of the state job for a sitting legislator followed by the refusal of Sullivan’s successor Michael Geraghty to pursue the National Guard investigation as a formal judicial inquiry/investigation. And what efforts were taken by the Office of the A.G. to focus efforts of the office of the A.G. on such matters as the five-year release of Sulfolane from the North Pole Refinery or the sole-source contract to refurbish Anchorage legislative office buildings at an exorbitant cost?
Lynn, for the love of god, please stop spreading misinformation about Sullivan. How many times do we have to go over this?
Lynn Willis November 26, 2014 at 2:43 pm
What misinformation ? Governor Parnell clearly violated the State Constitution, specifically Article 2, Section 5 which states: “During the term for which elected and for one year thereafter, no legislator may be nominated, elected, or appointed to any other office or position of profit which has been created, or the salary of emoluments of which have been increased, while he was a member.” The Governor’s actions to create a position for her were verified by Rep. Dahlstrom when she announced she would be leaving the legislature to accept this new position in the Parnell administration. The law was violated yet nobody was held accountable except for the Representative who was forced to resign her new job.
How would you feel Jon, if Exxon or the Sierra Club had created a position for a sitting legislator? What makes allowing the Governor to do this more palatable to you? Creating a position for a sitting legislator is rightfully prohibited. This act on the part of the Governor deserved more than a caution from Dan Sullivan not to do it again.
So, if not the A.G, who should have represented the “people” to protect us from that violation of the State Constitution?
And then there’s this:
— Nat Herz (@Nat_Herz) November 26, 2014