14 November 2006

Getting very near the end

For the most part, I'd say that press releases from Governor Murkowski's office have been fairly mundane and serious affairs. So I was shocked (and pleased) to read the latest, an update on the special session that can't quite get started.

Snow Job in Juneau: No Special Session Start Today Legislators Find Way to Juneau Fraught With Peril… or a Blizzard (Juneau) — Governor Frank H. Murkowski released the following statement today upon learning that the fourth special session of the 24th Alaska Legislature was delayed at least a day due to inclement weather in Southeast Alaska, pushing back the timetable for lawmakers to take up the issue of providing same-sex partner benefits to state employees:

“I have contacted Allen Marine Services to charter a vessel to carry the roughly 20 legislators holding in Sitka, but they tell me the seas are too high. Next, we went to the Alaska Marine Highway Service to inquire about ferry service from Sitka. The 42-year old ferry M/V Taku is Scheduled to depart Sitka at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday morning, which would put it into Juneau around 11:00 p.m. Tuesday night. But that would only leave me with the alternative of considering a joint legislative address at 11:01 p.m., which even I admit is bordering on cruel and unusual punishment....

We are exploring all options this afternoon of getting lawmakers to Juneau – even considering calling the U.S. Coast Guard about employing a Cutter to provide more timely transportation....

“We are to some degree caught between the Supreme Court and the Supreme Being.”
The real snow job has been the Murkowski administration.

I think I actually laughed out loud when I read this... and then preceded to use the "Supreme Court and Supreme Being" line all morning long in my newscasts.

The governor's press office - nothing to lose and looking for new jobs in any field.

1 comment:

Jill said...

"The governor's press office - nothing to lose and looking for new jobs in any field."

Given the latest press release, I'd say they have a bright future in low-budget cable comedies.

Either way, it's a hilareous press release, almost as hilareous as Murkowski's latest attemps to prove his relevance, - 11th hour pleadings to the Supreme Court to please, please let him sign a gas contract ... and build the Juneau Road.

Sigh.