OMT One Man's Trash...from Norman Leahy

Monday, October 24, 2005 :::

Bridge to personal Gain

Via Radley Balko comes a revealing tid bit on what may have motivated Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski to rail against defunding of the "Bridge to Nowhere":

Gravina Island (population: 50) is home to one of those $250 million bridges targeted by Coburn's amendment. Alaska's triumverate of greed -- Rep. Dan Young, Gov. Frank Murkowski, and Sen. Ted Stevens -- all say the bridge to Gravina will spur "development." But much of Gravina is protected wilderness. In fact, just a handful of private citizens own land there. One of them happens to be Nancy Murkowski, wife of the governor, and mother of Senator Lisa Murkowski. Nancy Murkowski owns 33 acres on Gravina, valued at about $225,000. I suspect that valuation will soar once the federally-funded bridge is completed, and what little private land exists on the island begins to be eyed by developers. Oddly enough, the Murkowskis neglected to list their Gravina Island property on the financial diclosure forms requried by state law.

Isn't that nice.

::: posted by Norman Leahy at 10/24/2005 1 comments


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