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Alaska Senator Calls Obama’s Interior Secretary ‘A Horrible Disappointment’

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Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski said the current Secretary of the Interior has been a “horrible disappointment” that will thankfully be leaving office soon.

“Sally Jewell has been a horrible disappointment and is one vote I regret,” Murkowski said in an interview with an Alaska radio station Tuesday, according to Politico.

“She will be gone soon and that will be good for Alaska,” Murkowski said.

Murkowski has long been at odds with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell over drilling and public lands management, but a lot of tension between the two stems from the Obama administration’s decision to reject a gravel road through a national wildlife refuge to King Cove, Alaska.

Murkowski has been pushing for the federal government to approve a road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge to connect King Cove to an all-weather airport that could more quickly get people to emergency services.

Jewell rejected a proposed 10-mile gravel road to King Cove in 2013, angering Murkowski, who pointed to the 19 people who died because of the lack of a land route from King Cove to the airport in Cold Bay.

Murkowski was especially angered that Jewell rejected the King Cove road right before Christmas, which the GOP senator said was to avoid people paying attention.

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