Former state Rep. Nancy Dahlstrom is resigning as Gov. Sean Parnell's senior military adviser after the state attorney general said a court might find it illegal for Parnell to have given her the job.
Alaska Attorney General Dan Sullivan said Parnell hired Dahlstrom after the Department of Law told him it was legal. But Sullivan said a more thorough analysis, prompted by criticism of the hire, showed that initial advice was questionable.
"Although the Department of Law's earlier advice was not unreasonable, there is an appreciable risk that an Alaska court may not concur with the analysis on which that advice was based," Sullivan said in a finding released this afternoon.
The Alaska Constitution doesn't allow legislators to accept jobs created while they were in office.
Dahlstrom announced in May that she was resigning from the state House to take a new position as Parnell's senior military adviser. When reporters questioned that, the Parnell administration maintained her $96,000 job was legal because it wasn't being technically created until after Dahlstrom resigned from the Legislature.
Gubernatorial candidate Ethan Berkowitz has released this statement:
Sean Parnell broke the law. And, according to him, he didn't even realize it. To prevent corruption the Alaska constitution makes it illegal for Governors to hire state legislators. He broke the law, violated the constitution and claimed it was a mistake.
Sean Parnell's repeated weak excuses just don't cover up his incompetence. In his short time as acting Governor, it has been one excuse after another.
Lt. Governor candidate Diane Benson has released this statement:
Once again a lack of leadership and a disregard for the Alaska Constitution is exhibited by Acting Governor Sean Parnell. As an advocate for veterans here in Alaska and as the mother of a wounded warrior, I appreciate those who make strong commitments to our military personnel and our Veterans. Ms Dahlstrom has demonstrated her commitment to Veterans, however the Acting Governor's approach has cost Alaskans a valued public servant. I hope we all learn from this and I look forward to working as Alaska's next Lt. Governor with a strong and steady individual in the Governor's office.
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