Offstage, as Wheeler quickly learned, she was considerably less engaging. "For the first couple weeks, I picked her up at her house at 6:00 am and drove her to her office in Anchorage. When she was done for the day, somebody else in the detail would drive her home. She'd ride in the back seat and spend a lot of time with her Blackberrys or on the cell phone, so I didn't try to make small talk. I'd say, "good morning Governor, how are you today?", and she'd nod. When we got to the office I'd say "'ust call when you're ready to go home.' That's all I said to her for two weeks."
Nontheless, Wheeler soon got a call from deputy chief of staff Mike informing him that "the governor does not want anyone speaking to her in the car." Not even good morning? Wheeler asked. "Nothing," Nizich said "Do not speak. Period."