Searing criticism

It is not often the public is treated to a public smackdown of a sitting state senator by a governor, but the feud between Gov. Mike Dunleavy and Eagle River Sen. Reinbold apparently is boiling over into the public domain.

In a sizzling letter, Dunleavy accuses Reinbold of violating the Ethics Act and her oath of office with misrepresentations and wild allegations about his administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The governor fired back in a letter dated Feb. 18, in which he accuses Reinbold of abdicating “the tenets of your oath….”

“You impugned the motivations of unelected and non-political employees working for the State of Alaska with baseless allegations that, on multiple occasions, were demonstrated to you to be false. Time and again, when provided the information unequivocally illustrating the blatant inaccuracies in your public statements about the State of Alaska’s health responses, you persisted in continuing to betray the public trust with those statements. You deceived the people of Alaska about their government’s response to the largest public health crisis in a century. In doing so, you violated the obligation you have, as a member of the Legislature, to promoting and protecting public health,” Dunleavy wrote.

“The misinformation must end,” he said.

He says Reinbold’s continual badgering of his staff and others also must stop.

“It is clear, from the unrelenting correspondence between yourself and the members of my administration, that your demands are not based in fact, or in concert with the intent granted legislative oversight. Your baseless, deleterious, and self-serving demands on government resources amounts to an abuse of public services and will no longer be endured.”

And, finally, Dunleavy told her his administration will no longer respond to her:

“This letter serves as notice that all officials and staff, employed and serving the State of Alaska’s Executive Branch of government, will not be responding, or participating, in any matter that pertains to yourself, your office, or, currently, in your capacity as the chair of a committee. The resources of the State of Alaska are not yours to abuse for your own, as yet undiscemible, personal benefit. It is lamentable that the good citizens of Eagle River and Chugiak are deprived of meaningful representation by the actions of the person holding the office of Senator.”

It is an unusual, angry letter – and eye-opening.

4 Responses to Searing criticism

  1. Donald Drumpf February 20, 2021 at 9:11 am

    So, if I have this correct, Eagle River lawmaker Reinbold, the same woman who took per diem from her constituents while on a vacation in Europe, makes accusations without demonstrable proof, is provided evidence refuting her claims, then continues to make the same baseless claims, again, without demonstrable proof, and is criticized for her conduct by Alaska’s highest authority. R-Dubya takes the side of facts, OG demands that the Governor become a democrat or resign because he’s reacting to a pandemic that has killed 496,000 people, and Dave shows the Governor the way out of the state, which I’m hoping he takes himself to open his horizons – some culture would go a long way little lion. That paints a pretty good picture of our problems. 2 out of 3 people side with someone who shouts baseless claims, making the good people of Chugiak and Eagle River look like poor judges of character, while the 1 has to sit back and watch the whole thing be torn down by the same people who can’t see beyond a letter in the alphabet. That’s good ol America.

  2. R-Dubya February 19, 2021 at 9:26 am

    Good Job Mike!!! Keep up the good work and don’t pay any attention the naysayers and selfish critics. Let’s get AK opened back up immediately, without restrictions, and let the road to recovery and rebuilding flourish.
    BTW … I still support you and will continue, along with many others, who value honesty, integrity, courage, and hard work.

  3. OGLila February 19, 2021 at 8:36 am

    Governor. I was one of your earlier supporters.
    Your support is gone; the legislature has nullified you.
    Now there are two honorable paths. Please pick one of the below before the recall comes along.
    And yes, I will vote to recall if it’s on the table:

    1. Change your official voter registration to Democrat.

    2. Resign.

  4. Dave February 19, 2021 at 8:30 am

    Seems to me that those nasty comments from the” governor ” are a veiled shot directed at the good people of Chugiak and Eagle River! Eagle exit doesn’t go far enough, don’t let the door hit you on the way out dumb leafy !


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