Democrats charge GOP lawmakers violated ethics law

Posted: Friday, September 06, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska Democratic Party officials on Thursday accused GOP lawmakers of violating state ethics laws barring politicking on the state's expense.

They accused Republican lawmakers of using state staff, resources, and the state's e-mail system to attack Democrat Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer.

The accusation came after Senate Republican Majority press spokesman Ron Irwin announced GOP lawmakers would hold a press conference Thursday to criticize Ulmer's plan to resolve the state's fiscal woes. The press conference was scheduled for the Anchorage Legislative Information Office.

Ulmer is the Democrat candidate for governor. She faces Republican U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski on Nov. 5.

The Republicans first postponed the 1 p.m. press conference and then announced it would be held at the headquarters of the Republican Party of Alaska. The news conference later was canceled.

Irwin said the event was intended to be a ''non-campaign related'' evaluation of potential fiscal policy by Republican lawmakers. It was ultimately called off after worries that it could be construed as a partisan attack, Irwin said.

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