Gov. Mike Dunleavy sent a scathing letter to Sen. Lora Reinbold (R-Eagle River), claiming she abused her office as a state senator in accusing him of grossly mismanaging Alaska’s COVID response. The Feb. 18 letter tells Reinbold that she has “abdicated the tenets of your oath of office” to “publicly misrepresent” the administration.

Sen. Lora Reinbold (R-Eagle River)

“You impugned the motivations of unelected and non-political employees working for the State of Alaska with baseless allegations,” Dunleavy asserts.

He also responded to Reinbold’s suggestion that his emergency orders were akin to martial laws.

“I have never imposed martial law or forced Alaskans to take the COVID-19 vaccine,” Dunleavy stated. He added that his administration has worked to provide voluntary access to the vaccine and to suspend regulations to enable Alaskans to work and interact amid the health and economic impact of the virus.

“This letter serves as notice that all officials and staff, employed and serving the State of Alaska’s Executive Branch of government, will not be responding, or participating, in any matter that pertains to yourself, your office, or, currently, in your capacity as the chair of a committee,” Dunleavy concluded. “It is lamentable that the good citizens of Eagle River and Chugiak are deprived of meaningful representation by the actions of the person holding the office of Senator.”

Sen. Reinbold has criticized Dunleavy and his administration for repeatedly telling Alaskans that they should wear masks and get vaccinated. Her Facebook feed includes multiple posts that challenge the efficacy of masks and question state health officials’ motivations for hammering away on their importance.

Likewise, Reinbold has decried Dunleavy for repeatedly extending his disaster declarations, and has raised serious questions about the way the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines were fast-tracked for public use by skipping key test trials and quickly being approved by the FDA for emergency use. She has argued that Alaskans should be better informed about the risks of the vaccines so that they have all the facts before deciding whether on not to get vaccinated.

It’s unclear how Dunleavy’s stance toward Reinbold will affect his administration’s ability to effectively communicate its concerns with the Legislature. In refusing to interact with Reinbold in any way, Dunleavy has created an awkward situation, as Reinbold chairs the Senate Judicial Committee, and is the vice chair of the Senate’s Legislative Council and State Affairs Committee. She is also sits on three other sub-committees.

The Watchman has reached out to Reinbold for comment. This is a developing story.

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Gov. Dunleavy cuts all ties with Sen. Lora Reinbold over COVID disputes

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Michael S Totten says:

    Wow. Dunlevy is just at war with everybody. Reinbold had some decent points and dunlevy did push masks and tests pretty hard for travelers. I myself did not agree back in 2019 when he started pushing mandatory tests to travel inside the state

  • john otness says:

    He cut all ties with his base and defending his State a long time ago so what’s your point Mike? Lora needs to look at running for Governor The position has been vacated .

  • Mongo love candy says:

    Dunleavy fell for the Fear Porn of the Covidian Cult, put his bandana over his face and ran into his bunker to hide while ceding power to Dr. Zink and her merry band of covid cultists. Now that he has emerged he doesn’t like anyone questioning his “actions” or the “facts”.

  • Trevor says:

    Dunleavey has only attacked conservatives Allard, the lady he fired but had someone else do it, and now Lora. Sad how he has hidden from the teachers union and UAA Chancellor, the legislators who refused to meet in Wasilla for special session, and the recall nuts. He has lost his way and is done as far as I am concerned. We need a Governor who will actually do his job and balance the state budget.

  • Bryant Bearfield says:

    The verdict is still out on Governor Dunleavy. Is he going to defend this State or roll over for the socialists running the Biden Administration? Much scarier is Lisa, the Democrat, Murkowski. She has already betrayed us.

    • Slipknot says:

      You’re right.
      They have both betrayed us as have our senator and congressman we’ve sent to Washington

  • NAV says:

    Dunleavy is a coward who is allowed by the tyrants in the court system to impose violations against your civil liberties just like the snake in the Senate Murkowski!!!

  • Dan Miller says:

    I,m very disappointed in our Governor. All I see is avoid the fact and side with the talking point even though there is no science behind it. Senator Reinhold earned my respect and Governor Dunleavy seems to have lost his way for some reason. Senator you have my vote for Governor next election.

  • Karen Ottenbreit says:

    Typical response from the Left and their pet Rinos… when your actions and behavior are called into question.. lash out and spew word vomit. I will stand with Lora and Jamie Allard! Dunleavy’s actions, words and inactions will be remembered!!

  • Michael C Coons says:

    “Likewise, Reinbold has decried Dunleavy for repeatedly extending his disaster declarations, and has raised serious questions about the way the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines were fast-tracked for public use”
    What Lora has not said, nor acknowledged is that in Nov Cathy Giessel was Senate President and Bryce Edgemond was Speaker of the House and they did not want a special session. Per Cathy they didn’t have enough whom wanted a special session, yet she didn’t contact all Senators. I haven’t heard if that happened as well to Bryce, but knowing that those two were joined at the hip, would bet on that happening as well.
    Much less there was a spike in the virus in Nov and Dec so to have the whole legislature make a fast flight, put them potentially at “risk” So even if the Governor had called a special session what would have happened? Also, neither the Senate or House made plans for a need of a special session whereby they could do so via the internet, meet in Anchorage, etc. Again we can point that finger and Cathy and Bryce, not the Governor.
    As to the fast tracking and knowledge about the vaccines. President Trump was the most transparent President on what was happening. Sure the MSM did no help as to getting the facts out, much less Twitter and Facebook blocking his information, the facts are known. People had and have the information they need to make a valued judgement. Lora’s claim that we who took the vaccine didn’t get an informed consent form prior to taking is a flat out lie. I have had both vaccines and in each case the needed information was in writing and I had to sign that I had read and accepted. Sadly, the information on the pro’s and con’s are all over the place, but as adults we have the ability to read, research and make up our own minds on.
    So, bottom line, Lora pushed too far and didn’t think the Governor would push back. She was wrong.

    • Ed Martin Jr says:

      Michael how about full disclosure ” YOUR A DUNLEAVEY Appointee ” ! Your also a KOOL AID DRINKER ! Kissing ASS is expected of you!

      • Michael C Coons says:

        Yep, I’m a commissioner, so? I’m not a “never Dunleavy” like you. I at least look at the issue with logic, you just look at hateful.

      • Ed Martin Jr says:

        Calling a spade a spade is all this is, DUDE!
        Call me any time to talk about “Senior Issues ” , I am one , 66 tomorrow ! 907-252-7857

  • Tom Collins says:

    Governor, please explain why you have not spoken out so formally against our Anchorage Mayor and Assembly. If it is because the Anchorage Municipality doesn’t fall under your role as Governor, please explain what your role is, as a bunch of true conservative Republicans voted for you. Thanks!

  • DoneWithIt says:

    Dunleavy is a Squish. A RIno. For some reason he feels compelled to bully outspoken conservative woman.
    I’ve seen enough – we need a new governor. Has he kept even 1 promise?

    • Ed Martin Jr says:

      Sorry to admit it but yes, to me, It’s called the Alaskan PFD Land Voucher, But the last years Senate let it die in Finance , what idiots ! This Plan would leave money in the ERA for Land to the people & would go on the Tax rolls for local services , & allow Alaskans a way to create NEW wealth ! All they want to do in Juneau is raid the ERA or tax us … no critical thinking outside the institutionally same scheme the bankers love, Its called debt any kind,size or shape of it !

      • DoneWithIt says:

        To bad the Squish give didn’t come out as forcefully against the psuedo Anchorage mayor and her health commissioner that has ZERO training in public.
        Dunleavy? “Me thinks he doth protest to much”.
        He should own his failures instead of attempting to bully a conservative woman.
        Yep – he’s a guaranteed one-termer.
        And where’s MY dividend he made the cornerstone of his campaign?!?!????

  • Missi says:

    Both have their points but in the end WE THE PEOPLE are stuck with the past BS & the Bill. In the past year, the CDC guidelines, which are what State Officials were told to follow, have stated to get tested before/after travel, self isolate/quarantine, social distance 3ft no 6ft, No Mask, wait, wear a mask, actually any face covering, um wear both masks & face coverings at the same time, 2 layers are best, now 3 layers. WTHeck is next? Put on a frickn helmet. No one not even the “top expert” Fauci knows whats going on. So STOP the blaming, & back & forth. Bickering about it isnt helping anyone. OPEN UP ALASKA SAFELY & LETS ALL GET OUR CITIES UP & RUNNING & BACK TO WORK. If you need to be tested to work, do it, If you feel sick or been around someone sick/positive for ANY contagious illness Flu/Strep/Covid stay home & away from others. We The People CANNOT hold our breath & wait on the Officials to decide if we survive. We need to focus on the future, work together, & Alaska will bounce back. Godspeed! We can & do this.

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