Alabama Governor Riley sends governors letters urging boycott of Aruba with regards to Natalee Holloway investigation


According to the AP, Alabama Governor Bob Riley has sent 49 letters off to the other United States governors to have them back his boycott of Aruba.

Gov. Bob Riley has sent letters to the 49 other American governors, urging them to join him in a boycott of Aruba on behalf of the family of missing Alabama teen Natalee Holloway, but it’s unclear how many governors will support the move.

It had been reported earlier this week that Riley was slow to follow up on his initial statement of calling for a boycott. Many of his fellow governors had yet to hear about the boycott except through emails and the general public. What else would one expect from politicians?

“We’ve gotten a few e-mails form constituents, but we haven’t received anything form Gov. Riley at this point,” said Kempthorne’s office.

“Our hearts go out to that family…had heard Gov. Riley would be contacting other governors … and haven’t heard from him,” said North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven’s office.

In some states it apparently wouldn’t make a difference anyway.

Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack’s office said, “As far as I know we haven’t taken any action on that and don’t plan to.”

This is just like any issue. Politicians will not do anything unless their respective emails are filled and phones are rang off the hook. Remind them who they work for.

The letter that Governor Riley sent out requesting support stated the following:

Riley, in his letter sent Friday, said Aruban authorities are no longer communicating with Holloway’s family and are not providing information about the status of the investigation.

“There can be no other conclusion: the Aruban government is not taking this investigation as seriously as it should,” Riley said.

The governor said Aruban authorities have not shown they can be trusted with the safety of Americans.

“I’m asking that you join us in this effort and urge your citizens to avoid traveling to Aruba at this time,” Riley said. “Hopefully, this boycott will cause the Aruban people themselves to demand that their officials conduct this investigation in a more careful, thorough and appropriate manner.”

Posted November 23, 2005 by
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