Parnell Nominee to Board of Game Rejected by Legislature
Nominee to Alaska’s Board of Game, Lynn Keogh, was rejected Tuesday by the Legislature. He had the support of Governor Sean Parnell, and of the powerful Alaska Outdoor Council hunting lobby. He needed 31 votes to retain his appointment. He got 29.
As reported earlier in the week, an email obtained by The Mudflats showed Republican Party Chair Randy Ruedrich forwarding an email from Rod Arno of the Alaska Outdoor Council threatening legislators with strong-arm tactics if they didn’t approve Keogh’s appointment to the Board of Game.
From: Randy Ruedrich <email@example.com>
Date: March 30, 2012 8:09:07 AM AKDT
To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>, <email@example.com>, <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Anti’s go after Lynn Keogh’s confirmation to Board of Game
Get the word out, we can’t let the antis defeat Lynn’s confirmation to the BOG like they did with Al Barrette.
POMs need to be sent to every legislator from now until the Joint House and Senate Confirmations vote supporting Keogh. Plus let legislators know we’ll go after everyone of them who votes against Keogh next November.
Thanks Rod , AOC
Well, it looks like “the antis” ruled the day again – the antis who are pro-diversity, that is. The Board of Game is mandated to represent a diversity of wildlife interests, and yet time after time, the administrations of Sean Parnell, Sarah Palin and Frank Murkowski have nominated only those with big game hunting, and trapping interests. No biologists, or wildlife photographers, no tourism interests, or nature writers, or bear watchers. Just the notorious “kill ‘em and grill ‘em” crowd endorsed by the Alaska Outdoor Council and/or Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife – two groups with nice enough sounding names, but very NOT nice agendas. And, they’re all the same.
Lynn Keogh represented yet another big game hunter/trapper on the cookie-cutter board. He had already voted to allow the highly controversial practices of killing both wolves and bears from helicopters, and also the baiting of brown bears. He is rabidly pro-predator control.
And then there was the mile-long list of civil court records which basically showed Mr. Keogh to be a scofflaw of the highest order in the world of traffic offenses, and also weaseling out of paying a boat launch fee, and using an illegal motor while guiding on the Kenai River. He then tried to convince the Senate Resources Committee that he didn’t know it was illegal.
You can behold Mr. Keogh’s impressive civil court record HERE.
So, what happened? Why didn’t Keogh just slip right in there with the rest of Parnell’s appointees? Well, gentle readers, that would be because of YOU. Your comments of outrage not only at the lack of diversity on the board, and the unsuitability of Parnell’s latest appointee, but about the fact that you said you knew that legislators were being pressured by a special interest group really made a difference.
“We’re going to be hard-pressed to find someone who is active and has been out, who doesn’t have minor infractions like (Keogh has),” he said. If a clean record is the criteria to sit on the board, “We’re going to have a little old lady who only drives on Sunday and sips tea,” he said.
Apparently, the people he hangs out with have a penchant for law-breaking. And it’s worth pointing out that “a little old lady who only drives on Sunday and sips tea” would actually be some refreshing diversity on the Board of Game. If she’s the nominee, let’s hope her Sunday driving doesn’t involve compulsive speeding like Mr. Keogh.
So now, the AOC will search its membership to see if it can find someone who doesn’t break the law, and is exactly the same philosophically as every other member of the Board. Perhaps the governor will wise up and consider getting a recommendation for the Board from another source. It’s a thought.