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Gov. Sean Parnell's nominee to a position on the Alaska Public Offices Commission abruptly withdrew his name Thursday morning just as senators were poised to grill him about comments he made in 2006 that were widely slammed as racist toward Alaska Natives.There was no excuse whatsoever for Gov. Parnell or his staff to come with such an inappropriate nominee as Dr. Eichler. After all, it was almost exactly three years that his predecessor nominated another anti-Native racist for a state office, although a much higher one than this. And, like with Eichler, people banded together to call the Governor out for blind stupidity:
The Alaska Legislature voted 35 to 23 on Thursday [April 17th, 2009] to reject the confirmation of Wayne Anthony Ross, Gov. Sarah Palin's pick for attorney general.As with Ross's 2009 rejection, Alaska Natives were key organizers in resistance to such blatant disregard to common sense, let alone decency.
According to Legislative Research Services, it was the first time in state history a head of a state agency has failed to be confirmed by the Legislature. All the Democrats in the Legislature voted against Ross and were joined by nine Republicans, including the Senate president and House speaker."I think he is too controversial for the state of Alaska. We've got in some people's mind a controversial governor, and I think that he just has too many controversies out there," said House Speaker Mike Chenault, a Nikiski Republican.
Even Ross' opponents in the Legislature had said just a few days ago that he had enough support to be confirmed despite widespread opposition from Alaska Native groups, his calling gays "degenerates" in the 1990s, and allegations that he made offensive comments about women. But a tipping point appeared to come this week when Ross gave what lawmakers called bad and politicized legal advice to Palin about a fight she's having with lawmakers over a state Senate appointment.
Palin suggested lawmakers who voted no were turning their backs on voters. They rejected an attorney general, she said, who strongly supports the issues important to Alaskans -- gun rights, constitutional rights and developing resources to the maximum benefit of residents.
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