February 09, 2018
Contact: Gina Ritacco

Dunleavy Comments on Governor’s Appointment for Senate District E


Dunleavy Comments on Governor’s Appointment for Senate District E                                                                               

ANCHORAGE, February 9, 2018 — Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Dunleavy today commented on Governor Bill Walker’s selection to fill the vacant Senate seat in District E.

“Governor Walker has made his choice – and he chose to ignore the elected nominees of the Republican District leaders.  His decision is an affront to these men and women who literally spent hundreds of hours vetting 11 different applicants for this seat,” said Dunleavy.

Dunleavy observed that the traditional process of selecting from a list of nominees chosen by local party leaders is designed to help maintain public confidence in representative government.  He predicted that violating the process would have unfortunate consequences.

“The crucial question is this: Who owns this seat, the voters of District E, or Governor Walker?  The Governor has chosen to substitute his own judgment for the views of local leaders.  This kind of arrogance has become a trademark of this Governor, and it gravely erodes public confidence that their representative in Juneau is there to represent their values, instead of the Governor’s personal agenda.  Once again, Governor Walker ignores the will of the people,” Dunleavy stated.


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