Spokeswoman: No talk of Therriault resigning

Posted: Wednesday, July 28, 2010

JUNEAU - A spokeswoman for Gov. Sean Parnell says there's been no talk within the administration about energy adviser Gene Therriault resigning.

Questions have been raised about the timing of Therriault's hiring, and the legality.

Therriault resigned as a lawmaker last year to join Parnell's administration in the new post. Lawmakers aren't allowed to take positions created while they were in office for at least a year.

Parnell has defended the hire, saying he acted in good faith and relied on Department of Law advice. He said he wasn't'' governor when Therriault was "in session, as a legislator," and was standing on legal precedent and practice.

His spokeswoman, Sharon Leighow, said there's been no talk of Parnell asking Therriault to resign.

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