In a quickly issued apology, Gov. Bill Walker yesterday walked back his threats against lawmakers and candidates, in which he had stated that he would be interviewing each of them to determine which of three plans they supported, and then, in veiled terms threatened to work against them as candidates if they chose wrong.
Without admitting to wrongdoing, he stated:
“While it has been determined that the statement I made about the upcoming election was not a viol
ation of the ethics act, I want to clarify that I am not trying to influence an election. I am trying to inform the public about what the legislature’s own analyst has called the ‘gravest fiscal crisis in state history.‘ I want Alaskans to know the consequences of action and inaction. I regret any misunderstanding this may have created.” –Governor Bill Walker
COMPLAINTS MOVE FORWARD
Meanwhile, two other ethics complaints were in the queue against the governor today. Representative Tammie Wilson of North Pole filed this one:
Government transparency activist Andree McLeod was preparing to file another. An exerpt from the McLeod complaint draft: