Today, Governor Mike Dunleavy (R – Alaska) released a scathing letter of rebuke to Senator Lora Reinbold (R – Eagle River), accusing Reinbold of repeatedly spreading misinformation and wasting state resources with illegitimate inquiries related to Covid-19 and the state’s response to the global pandemic. The letter states that that executive branch will no longer comply with any requests from Reinbold, Reinbold’s office, or Reinbold in her capacity as chair of any committee.
Over the last year, Senator Reinbold has emerged as a persistent critic of the Dunleavy administration’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Reinbold currently chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee. Since the legislature gaveled in last month, she has used her position on the committee to hound members of the executive and judicial branches on topics related to Covid-19. On her official Facebook profile, Reinbold has repeatedly posted debunked conspiracy theories and false information about Covid-19, masking, and vaccines.
Dunleavy’s letter accuses Reinbold of abdicating her constitutional responsibilities as an elected official, and of violating the Legislature’s Uniform Rules, the Legislative Ethics Act, the manual of legislative procedure, and the Alaska Legislature Professional Workplace Conduct Policy. Dunleavy accuses Reinbold of making “baseless allegations” against those carrying out state work, and of repeatedly spreading falsehoods about the State’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The letter castigates Reinbold for wasting state resources with frivolous inquiries, and concludes with the following statement:
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This letter serves as notice that all officials and staff, employed and serving the State of Alaska’s Executive Branch of government, will not be responding, or participating, in any matter that pertains to yourself, your office, or, currently, in your capacity as the chair of a committee. The resources of the State of Alaska are not yours to abuse for your own, as yet undiscernable, personal benefit. It is lamentable that the good citizens of Eagle River and Chugiak are deprived of meaningful representation by the actions of the person holding the office of Senator.
I will not continue to subject the public resources of the State of Alaska to the mockery of a charade, disguised as public purpose.
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