Alaska Attorney General Resigns. Hmm.
Alaska Attorney General John Burns has submitted his resignation which has been accepted today by Governor Sean “Captain Zero” Parnell.
“It is with reluctance that I accept General Burns’ resignation,” Parnell said. “General Burns is a capable leader and a true public servant dedicated to the people of Alaska. I appreciate his efforts over the past year at the Department of Law where he has led with dedication, professionalism, integrity and a commitment to the best interests of Alaska. I wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”
But why? What reason could the Attorney General possibly have to resign after being in the job less than a year?
Could it be because he’s tired of being on the losing end of lawsuits like the recent one regarding endangered beluga whales? Could it be because the Parnell administration is just a bit too dysfunctional for his taste? Did a better offer come along? Was Parnell actually not that “reluctant” to see him go? Will there be some breaking news in forthcoming days that may shed light? Or might it just be… that the man simply wants to spend more time with his family?
In a letter to Governor Parnell, Burns stated: “My resignation is based solely on personal reasons. Although I have come to realize that it is possible to live out of a suitcase, doing so is neither fair to family nor particularly conducive to one’s health. Family and balance in one’s life should always be one’s first priority and everything else secondary.”
Any of you who guessed the latter answer, give yourself a gold star. Extra credit goes to Mr. Burns for adding “balance” as a factor. He must be a very centered and grounded person.
Burns has served as Alaska’s attorney general only since December 2010. He’ll be fleeing on January 2, and adding his name to the list of ex-half Attorney Generals of the last five years – Talis Colberg,
Wayne Anthony Ross, and Daniel Sullivan.
Mr. Burns… we hardly knew ye.