Another Governor from Wasilla. What could possibly go wrong?
Well, he could pick a bucket of pond scum to fill positions in his administration.
Like Lt. Governor-elect Kevin Meyer (R, Conoco-Philips). Alaskans can count of Meyers to put the interests of Alaskans above the interests of Big Oil, you betcha. We can be pretty sure that SB 21 will remain law, and that a fairer share of oil tax revenue won’t be part of the solution to Alaska’s fiscal woes.
Like making Tuckerman Babcock, a partisan’s partisan who regards compromise is unthinkable, as his chief of staff. You remember Tuckerman Babcock; he’s the Republican who fought to keep his fellow Republicans – “perfidious turncoats” – off the Republican primary ballot.
Or making failed Anchorage wingnut mayoral candidate Amy Demboski his Deputy Chief of Staff. You remember Demboski; she’s the one who seemingly lied in her divorce case. The thing about folks who lie under oath is that you can’t trust them to tell you the truth.
Or how about Adam Crum, a guy who helps run a truck driving school, to head the Department of Health & Social Services? That’s a good fit.
But Governor-elect Michael Dunleavy has encountered a shortage of sufficiently malodorous pond scum among Alaskans to fill the balance of the positions in his incoming administration. The shortage has forced Dunleavy to shop the Lower 48 for fresh scum.
And he has found a doozy, someone who has wrecked state governments – always for Republican governors – across the nation: Donna Arduin. She’s left a trail of fiscal disaster across the Lower 48, including the 2003-2005 California recession that Gov. Jerry Brown had to fix. She knows zip about the economics of Alaska, but she is just brimming with confidence and certainty. What could go wrong?
It’s going to be a very long four years, Alaska. Good luck.