Palin Killed Bridge to Nowhere, per ..... AK Dems

The indefatigable Charles Johnson at Little Green Footballs has the news:

Alaska Democratic Party Deletes Page Crediting Sarah Palin with Killing 'Bridge to Nowhere'

A web site paid for by the Alaska Democratic Party says unequivocally that the state of Alaska officially abandoned the Bridge to Nowhere project, and credits Governor Sarah Palin.

Or ... it used to say that, before the page mysteriously vanished some time during the past few days

Indeed, the link goes to a now-empty page.

But Johnson notes that it has since been revived at another URL.

I should also note that it's conceivable that the story was merely moved, or that the remainder of the original URL ("/ted-earmarked-funds-for-bridge-that-goes-nowhere/") was simply dropped.

Nonetheless, enjoy what Alaska Dems are saying about the Bridge (oddly titled), especially Palin's role in it, because you won't see it acknowledged at traditional media outlets:

Ted Earmarked Funds for Bridge that Goes Nowhere

The proposed Gravina Island Bridge, also known as the “Bridge to Nowhere,” became a national symbol of wasteful congressional spending and driver of earmark reform. On Sept. 21, 2007, the State of Alaska officially abandoned the controversial project.

The Gravina Island Bridge initially received $223 million in 2005 via earmarks by Alaska Senators Ted Stevens and Lisa Murkowski. The bridge would have connected Ketchikan, Alaska with its local airport on nearby Gravina Island (population 50). Congress stripped the earmark after a national uproar about it but appropriated the money anyway for unspecified transportation uses. Former Gov. Frank Murkowski’s administration set aside about $113 million of the appropriation for the Ketchikan bridge. However, Gov. Sarah Palin said the $398 million bridge was $329 million short of full funding, and only $36 million in federal funds were set aside for it. She said it was clear Congress had little interest in spending any more money for it and that the state had higher priorities.

We can quibble about specifics. But the fact is that Palin was governor when the project was abandoned, and no amount of spinning can change that.

Crossposted at BizzyBlog.com.

Tom Blumer
Tom Blumer
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