While Gov. Mike Dunleavy was announcing a light-on-details plan to split the Department of Health and Social Services this afternoon, the Alaska Legislative Council approved a lawsuit challenging the governor’s refusal to follow the law on his appointments to boards and commissions.
In a new interview, the junior state employee says not only did the administration know about Clarkson’s unwanted advances in April but that they tried to cover it up.
If anyone was Dunleavy to shift course after nearly two years of quietly boosting the mine behind the scenes—with potential investors and even with President Donald Trump—they were destined to be disappointed.
“As a candidate, Gov. Dunleavy pledged to restore trust in state government through honesty and transparency; yet his refusal to answer unscripted questions is unprecedented among Alaska governors.”
“This is all going the wrong direction.”
She noted that outside a records request, there’s also no requirement for the governor to volunteer that information, either, and that the Legislature may need to step in if they want the answers public.
Pebble’s parent company says Collier “embellished” his relationship with Alaska’s elected officials.
The governor argues that he never knew about the mailers sent out by his administration.
If Dunleavy and his press team had their way, we would have never known and Clarkson would have been back on the job this week.
Clarkson was set to return to work for Gov. Dunleavy next week.