The 27th Alaska State Legislature, 2011 - 2012||
Press Release: Rep. Wes Keller
Keller Didn't Know Asking a Question was Wrong
Posted: April 6, 2012
(Juneau) - Rep. Wes Keller, R-Wasilla, commented today regarding the brouhaha over asking a simple question in the House State Affairs Committee on Thursday, April 5.
The girl scouts are wonderful and I love their cookies ... I did not establish a link; I simply asked the question, nothing more.
~ Rep. Wes Keller
"There is a lot of ink and comments about my responsibility as a legislator to ask a question. Unlike Congress we tend to try to know as much as possible about every bill we are going to vote for or against before it passes. The young lady testifying before the committee did an excellent job. The question I posed was based on a rumor I had heard about regarding a connection that presumably should be aired.
"The girl scouts are wonderful and I love their cookies. It is an organization that has the goal of teaching our younger girls about responsibility, leadership, and moral values, skills in the home and outdoors, and the American way of life. If you agree that is what scouting organizations are supposed to do then it is logical that any link with an organization that may compromise those principles needs to be brought to the forefront. I did not establish a link; I simply asked the question, nothing more.
"Presumably the sponsor will provide a response and we can get on with honoring the girl scouts.
It's part of the job representing constituents to establish a public record. You do that by asking questions and getting answers."