July 24, 2008
Through various media outlets, Monegan has accused the Governor of expressing concerns about the contents of an annual trooper report.
"Walt has falsely accused
me of making a comment to him that a draft report on troopers'
activities would somehow make my administration look bad,"
Governor Palin said. "Why would it? I would welcome further
proof that my administration needs the resources we requested
to get the job done. My administration asked for nearly $7 million
more for the Department of Public Safety. However, working with
the dollars that the legislature funded, I am confident that
under new leadership, we will develop new public safety initiatives
that are reasonable and actionable."
Several commissioners and cabinet members have also countered Monegan's claims.
"Communication has always been paramount in Governor Palin's administration," acting Chief of Staff Mike Nizich said. "Commissioners have always had open access to the governor and members of her top staff. It is unfortunate that a former commissioner has deliberately and inaccurately portrayed her as inaccessible."
"I have open communication with Governor Palin and her staff," Labor Commissioner Click Bishop said. "Anytime I have asked to have a meeting with the Governor, I have been given the opportunity."
"The Governor has made herself available every time I have asked for advice, guidance or support," Corrections Commissioner Joe Schmidt said. "She's been one hundred percent supportive, and she's an excellent listener. Governor Palin never micro-manages and has never interfered with any operation or development of the Department of Corrections."
"Governor Palin has always been accessible to me," Military and Veterans Affairs Commissioner Craig Campbell said. "Whenever she or I have had the need to discuss any issue, we have been able to. For those who think that our Governor is not accessible, all you have to see is the hours she and her top staff put in. She is communicating all hours of the day and night. Our meeting and travel schedules are extremely packed, we are very busy; however, I have never had any difficulty communicating with her no matter where I may be. I do not believe that my experience is any different than those of her Cabinet."
"I have no problems communicating
back and forth with the Governor," Director of State and
Federal Relations John Katz said. "Often, this occurs in
e-mails between her and me. She is almost instantaneous in her
responses. In addition, we communicate at Cabinet meetings, in
teleconferences, and when she is in D.C. The reason for these
communications is to inform the Governor and to get policy guidance
from her on key issues. I find her to be well-informed on federal
issues, and she provides the guidance we need in D.C. to advocate
the State's interests."
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