Murkowski trip includes turkey hunt

Posted: Sunday, December 15, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Gov. Frank Murkowski's trip to Texas will include more than personal meetings.

Murkowski spokesman John Manly acknowledged Thursday that the trip involved two days of turkey hunting.

''They'll be talking while they are shooting,'' Manly told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. ''But talking softly, because they don't want to scare away the game.''

Murkowski left midweek for two days in Houston. From Wednesday until late Thursday, the governor's office refused to say what Murkowski would do in Houston but characterized the trip as personal and not official state business.

''He's going down there meeting with some energy people,'' Manly told The Associated Press on Thursday morning. ''This is all a personal trip. No state funds are involved.''

Asked why the governor's office did not explain Murkowski's hunting trip at the outset, Manly indicated that administration staffers did not think it was important.

''He has a meeting with folks in Houston, kind of like people meet on a golf course,'' Manly said after he and other senior staff members received several calls from reporters inquiring about the governor's itinerary.

After leaving Houston, the governor was expected to travel to Washington, D.C., where he will pack up belongings from his U.S. Senate office and home and attend official functions.

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