Alaska Democrats on Monday accused Republican Gov. Sarah Palin of abdicating her duties with her decision to travel outside the state this week as the Legislature’s session winds down.
She is putting her national political ambitions ahead of the needs of Alaska,” Alaska Democrat Party Chairwoman Patti Higgins said at a news conference.
And Sarah’s office had this to say:
According to the governor’s office, Palin personally informed legislative leaders of the trip and none expressed concern over it.
“During the final week of session, legislators rarely want governors around stirring things up,” Palin’s chief of staff, Mike Nizich, said in a prepared statement. “We did not anticipate that the governor’s political opponents would want their hands held in the final hours of the session.”
“It is nothing more than a politically charged shot in the dark,” he said. “We view the legislative session as a very serious state issue. This isn’t politics for us; this is Alaska’s future.”
If being gone is such a big deal, then why haven’t Dems complained about one of their own?
Interesting that they don’t mention the number of days that Ramras was absent from Juneau. In case you missed it, it was 32 days (as of April 14th) out of a 90 day legislative session. Here’s a nice visual for you:
Ramras says that “the days he missed were to attend to legislative business.”
What “legislative business” is there outside of Juneau?
But what do the people of Alaska think? Well, according to KTUU:
Unusually high number of respondents approve of Palin’s travel
by Channel 2 News staff
Monday, April 13, 2009
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — In a poll conducted by Channel 2 News, respondents were asked if they approved of Gov. Sarah Palin’s plans to travel Outside later this week as the legislative session winds down.
KTUU.com polls typically receive between 750 and 1,500 responses, but Monday’s question got 4,539 votes.
Here is the official question and results.
Do you approve of Gov. Sarah Palin traveling Outside during the last week of the legislative session? Yes 80 % No 20 %
And what about trust?
I just love the way Pres. Obama brought everyone together.
It seems to me that Democrats just want to make hay out of nothing.