One of the downsides to media relations staff refusing to relate with the media, is that with our questions left unanswered, we’ve got no choice but to speculate. And one of the speculations going around the environmental community these days is that Attorney General Rob McKenna decided not to appeal, partially at the urging of representatives from the Public Utility Districts.
So I repeat the question I posed to his office in the email they refused to even acknowledge:
7. Has the AG or his staff discussed this case with representatives from the Okanogan PUD or the WA PUD Association? Whom? When?
I believe there may already be a public records request put in on this question, but I’m not really interested in whether McKenna slipped up and communicated with the PUDs via his state email address, or arranged a meeting or telephone call via official channels. I want him to come clean with the public and tell us whether he or his staff ever talked to the folks on the other side, under any circumstances, before deciding not to file the appeal.
Because listening to him talk about his obligation to protect the broader public interest, it certainly sounds that way.