Palin urged the nine Democrats to not drag their feet on her second appointee in an official statement prior to the Democrats' vote:
April 9, 2009, Juneau, Alaska – On the 80th day of the 90-day legislative session, Governor Sarah Palin today called on Senate Democrats to make haste in voting on her second designee to fill the vacant seat in District B, representing the City and Borough of Juneau.But the Dems ignored her and decided to block the appointment anyway, not caring that the citizens of Juneau aren't being represented this legislative session.
“Juneau residents are lacking representation in the Senate as final decisions are made on the budget and other important matters,” Governor Palin said. “Democratic senators rejected my first pick for Senate District B. I urge them not to drag their feet on approving the new designee. Filling this seat is important to the residents of Southeast and all Alaskans.”
Senate Democrats reject another Palin pick
JUNEAU SEAT: They say Nelson's a neophyte when it comes to political service.
By SEAN COCKERHAM
Published: April 10th, 2009 09:33 PM
Last Modified: April 11th, 2009 10:48 PM
JUNEAU -- For the second time, Alaska Senate Democrats have rejected Gov. Sarah Palin's choice to fill the empty seat in the state Senate. And it's causing tension within the Democratic ranks, with senators Lyman Hoffman and Donny Olson saying their colleagues are playing politics instead of voting on appointees based on their qualifications.
The nine Senate Democrats, after a closed-door meeting Thursday night, announced Friday they were rejecting Palin's pick of Joe Nelson for the Senate seat. The Democrats did the same thing last week in rejecting Tim Grussendorf, who was Palin's first pick to fill the seat that came open when Kim Elton of Juneau resigned to take a job in the Obama administration.