One of the tired talking points that Governor Palin’s critics use against her is the claim that during her term as Governor, she tried to save the Mat-Maid Dairy and that the fact the dairy closed one year later shows that she failed in her efforts.
It is true that the Mat-Maid Dairy closed about a year after the Governor stepped in to prevent the dairy from being closed. What is also true is that the Governor also wanted the dairy to close if a successful financial plan could not be created. The reason why she fought the earlier attempt to close the dairy is because the state had already made commitments that would have been broken had the dairy closed immediately. The Governor essentially wanted the dairy to close if an alternative financial plan could not be realized but she wanted to close it in a way so that the state did not break any commitments it had made to farmers that would be violated by the sudden closure of the dairy.
How do we know these were the Governor’s intentions? #Palinemails:
Dairy farmers were told their last day to deliver milk is June 27th. The state just broke its word again if we were to roll over for the board ‘ s ridiculous vote to shut it down without proper notice…Farmers will be dumping their milk in the parking lot of DNR if we don’t step in and show the leadership they’re craving and deserving
We need to regroup and get good business minds in there to figure out close – out plan in next yr or so, or re -vitalization plan for Ag.
If the Governor did indeed want the dairy to stay open, she wouldn’t have talked about how they needed to "figure out [a] close-out plan."
One of her staffers sent her an e-mail after the dairy closed that strongly supports the account that I have outlined regarding the Governor’s intentions for the Mat-Maid dairy:
Nice job governor! Despite the critics, namely halcro, mat-maid closes its books with money in the bank and there’s still equipment and facilities to sell. Alaskans should know YOUR decision to put a new board in place, 600.0 to help w the transition, essentially granting an extention to the livelihood of farmers after the previous mngmnt and bd decided to abruptly close the doors, etc.
If the Governor never intended for the dairy to close, why would one of her staffers send her an e-mail congratulating her for the plant "clos[ing] its books with money in the bank?" If the Governor indeed wanted the dairy to survive, the staffer would not have sent her an e-mail saying how great it is that the dairy closed.