Walker won't address comment

    Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) Gov. Bill Walker said he won't comment further on the inappropriate comment that led to Lt. Governor Byron Mallott's resignation.

    Walker spoke to reporters three hours after a short two minute press conference where he announced the resignation.  He said the inappropriate comment was made Sunday, he learned about it on Monday, and took action today.

    He said the comment was not directed at a member of his staff.

    When asked what impact the resignation would have on his own campaign for Governor, Walker refused to speculate but did add that he will do the best job that he can as long as he can.  He said every day of his administration is important.

    His campaign manager said Walker has been in talks with Democratic candidate Mark Begich about a plan forward for the state.  Begich has been quiet today on the resignation of Mallott and calls for comment made by various media outlets have not been returned.

    Mallott combined his campaign with Walker in 2014. He had previously worked as head of Sealaska and was praised for bringing them out of financial difficulty.  He had also served as Mayor of Juneau and was once the Director of the Alaska Permanent Fund.  He became Mayor of Yakutat at the age of 22.  His first state government job was working under then Governor Bill Egan.

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