Governor Palin claimed today on the Fox Business Network that her e-mails validate her assertion that she opposed and killed the bridge to nowhere. Her e-mails do indeed validate her assertion. Notice that she has never denied that she changed her opinion on the bridge from her 2006 campaign. Here is what the Governor wrote in her e-mails about the Bridge:
We cant afford it, the Feds won’t pay for it, the general populace isn’t placing it as a high priority
I hope folks know my intention is to continue to NOT support the nonsensical notion that the state can fund Gravina and/or Knik Crossing. If the feds can’t fund these projects that have minimal public support, then they’re not going to happen. I am very frustrated to hear that funds are being spent on Gravina, still, yet the project does NOT have my support bc of the funding issues, long-term.
Truly this could provide an opportunity for Congress to start discussing the nation’s priorities… call me naive, but AK could/should lead in this discussion on public dollars paying for intrastucture improvements across the nation. Why CAN’T we offer to return the “B2N” earmark bc the state can’t afford the project, and the feds won’t be paying for it – the grandious $350m bridge NOT going to happen on our watch.
“So ironic – I told Leo, Tibbles, etc just yesterday that we MUST come out with a strong position against AK’s perceived “Bridge to Nowhere” so we quit looking clueless and selfish across the nation and can clear up the perception that the Gravina project is the state’s priority. The $350m bridge is not our priority. The nation needs to be spending $ on fixing what we have – Minnesota needs “bridge money” today more than we need a few Alaskans to perpetuate the nonsensicle notion that our Gravina earmark is more important than fixing aged infrastructure. We would gain so much if we get that message out there – that the nation can pull, and work, together and make wise decisions on federal priorities … we should see that earmark redirected to Minnesota’s tragedy bc [because] the Gravina bridge isn’t going to happen on our watch anyway.”
The argument that radicals in the Democrat Party have pushed about Palin and the Bridge to Nowhere is that she only killed the project out of the political expediancy. Well, these e-mails show that she killed the bridge for reasons other than political expediency. You can read more Bridge to Nowhere e-mails here. Kelsey has the full breakdown of #palinemails here.