Connect with us


DoCL Responds, Lt. Governor Accused Of Sharing “Internal” Correspondence

Avatar photo



DEL PERRO (WZL) — The political infighting continues today with the Department of Commerce and Labor (DoCL) releasing a statement on the latest allegations against them. Previously, the Liberty Party chaired by Thad Furtaw spoke with Weazel News and alleged that DoCL had “demanded the immediate termination of a San Andreas Flight Authority (SAFA) employee for tweeting a personal statement the business licensing agency was offended by” and “ceased the practice of licensing airline businesses”. The Flight Administration spoke out yesterday on this issue: 

At no time did DoCL cease business licensing for airlines or air service businesses. DoCL had formerly made the decision to suspend leasing of airport property for said businesses but has since reversed the decision and will be working with SAFA to see how best these spaces can be utilized moving forward and how best to support commercial aviation.

Vladimir Petchenko, Chief Pilot, SAFA

Today, the Department of Commerce and Labor responded to these statements, saying that “at no point did I or any member of DoCL call for the resignation or termination of any SAFA employee due to our recent disagreement”. They added, “DoCL has unfortunately become accustomed to being dragged on the political stage every election season, where anger is stoked and misdirected towards our department, which operates according to the laws written and enacted by legislators elected to represent the will of the citizens of San Andreas.” The DoCL Commissioners’ statement (written by Commissioner Mikey Reggiano and co-signed by fellow Commissioner Josh Zimmerman) goes on further to share concerns of how Chairman Furtaw obtained the information shared with Weazel News.

The recent strain on the relationship between SAFA and DoCL should have stayed between Mr. Petchenko, Governor Tod, and Lt. Governor McKenzie. The information regarding SAFA and DoCL’s disagreement was from internal correspondence between these parties. This internal correspondence was made available to the commissioner of the Liberty party. As Mr. Petchenko and myself were unaware of this correspondence being shared to a third party, we can only speculate that it was made available to the Liberty Party by someone within the office of the Governor.  Mr. Furtaw used this information, which had been presumed to be private between the involved parties, to launch the political platform that he shares with Lt. Governor McKenzie.

Mikey Reggiano, Commissioner, Department of Commerce And Labor

Weazel News reached out for comment to Lt. Governor Karmen McKenzie, who released her own statement on this matter:

As I have always been an avid supporter of DoCL from it’s very creation, I must acknowledge my bias when acting in an official capacity. Without a checks and balance, I do not feel I can adequately serve the people and their best interest. The correspondence in question raised alarms. While I am aware of Mr. Reggiano’s personality and how what was written may not be what he meant, I also had to acknowledge my own biases and ensure they were not encroaching on official matters. As a result I sought the perspective of another ranking Government Official in confidence to ensure I was addressing the matter and it’s full scope. The result of this perspective lead me to reach out to Mr. Reggiano and have an in-person discussion about the correspondence.

The goal of the meeting and as it had been achieved was to get on the same page of how the letter read, and have an in person meeting with SAFA to ensure everything was aired out and common ground met. I at no time assisted in or was made aware of the speech presented by Thad Furtaw until it was being said live on air. While my partner and I share common perspectives politically, we also disagree on aspects and approaches. He is more of a blunt object, and I like to seek out compromise. Both have their place in politics but at times, such as these, can conflict. Regardless of differing views or approaches, we are both adamant about our fight against corruption, overreach in the government, or abuses of power. I do not believe, after speaking to Mister Reggiano, that this incident was a case of corruption. However, prior to having that face to face meeting and upon reading the email, concern over the misuse of power was present. This experience has been a hard lesson in patience, discretion, and forethought.

The correspondence was read to my partner as a checks and balance to gain perspective in confidence, and was not meant to perpetuate any agenda. I do not intend to use this correspondence in any way and have made adjustments to achieve the checks and balance I was originally seeking in a more discrete fashion.

Lt. Governor Karmen McKenzie

Weazel News will continue to bring our readers coverage of this ongoing controversy as it continues to unfold. Find the full press release from the Department of Commerce and Labor below:

Continue Reading
1 Comment

1 Comment

  1. Pingback: It’s Election Time – Spring 2022 – Weazel News – New Day RP

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Latest News

Stella's Scoops5 days ago

Stella’s Scoops Volume 79

Oh, Snaps! Brought to you by Rhylee Finke of Weazel News and the people of San Andreas, June’s San Andreas...

Summer 2024 Special Election1 week ago

Time To Vote, San Andreas! Summer 2024 Special Election Polls Now Open

Voting begins tonight! Starting at 8 pm (ET) on the 12th of July (less than an hour ago), citizens began casting...

External Press Release1 week ago

Finch Campaign Issues Press Release Clarifying Intent For State Rep Run

NOTE FROM EDITORIAL STAFF: This press release was sent to Weazel and published at the request of Maxine Finch. State...

San Andreas Snaps2 weeks ago

Oh Snap! The June Snaps Are Late!

Heya friends! It seems the beginning of the month flies up on me faster each month. Perhaps that’s because June...

Stella's Scoops2 weeks ago

Stella’s Scoops Volume 78

Well, Dang! The cat is out of the bag! Well, out of jail. Governor Ella Bright-Starr was released on bail...

External Press Release2 weeks ago

Extra Events Issues Press Release Regarding 4th Of July Weekend

NOTE FROM EDITORIAL STAFF: This press release was sent to Weazel and published at the request of Extra Events. Extra!...

Politics2 weeks ago

Summer 2024 Special Election Registration Begins!

Special election registration opened this evening and there are a surprising three (3) vacant State Rep seats up for grabs...

Government2 weeks ago

BREAKING NEWS: State Rep Astra Lillegård-Marino Resigns From The Legislature [UPDATED]

UPDATE: It was originally reported there were two vacant seats in the upcoming special election. A recent update to H.R....

Stella's Scoops3 weeks ago

Stella’s Scoops Volume 77

Third (Fourth?) Time’s The Charm… This year was the third annual Pride Day for San Andreas. Declared as a state...

Government3 weeks ago

29th June Government Town Hall

Note: A full town hall recording can be found at the bottom of the page. Throughout the town hall, legislative...