Imagine our surprise when we learned Alaska legislators, their staff and guests held an after-hours event in the COVID-restricted Capitol complex in Juneau just before Easter weekend. Surely, we thought, that cannot be right.
But, yes indeedy, it turns out they got together for music, pingpong, basketball, board games and some beer in the Capitol complex’s gymnasium – despite the general public being barred from the area and despite legislative COVID restrictions.
Mind you, COVID-19 already broke out once this year among lawmakers and their staff, derailing the Legislature’s – read public’s – business. Apparently that was not warning enough for this bunch.
The revelers included Reps. Sara Rasmussen, R-Anchorage; Kelly Merrick, R-Eagle River; Zack Fields, D-Anchorage; blogger Jeff Landfield; various legislative staff; an employee of oil and gas company Hilcorp; and current and former members of Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration.
The story is that whatever the gathering was it was not really a party. No, really.
As COVID-19 numbers are on the rise again across Alaska and vaccinations are plateauing, what an absolute nifty time to get together in a restricted area, break all the rules and do something, well, stupid.
Alaska thanks you guys for setting the example.