The lynch mob calls for blood. Why? Here is the big story.
Sarah Palin unlawfully abused her power as governor by trying to have her former brother-in-law fired as a state trooper, the chief investigator of an Alaska legislative panel concluded Friday. The politically charged inquiry imperiled her reputation as a reformer on John McCain’s Republican ticket.
Investigator Stephen Branchflower, in a report to a bipartisan panel that looked into the matter, found Palin in violation of a state ethics law that prohibits public officials from using their office for personal gain. (see here)
Carefully consider the hysteria. What personal gain? How could the Palins have made any money out of this? The lady in charge fired a subordinate. She is the governor. Firing a subordinate is legal. She did not even need a reason to fire Walt Monegan, the joker about whom all this fuss is being made. She even offered him a different position, but Monegan had other ideas (see here).
Why does any of this require an investigation? Why? Well, Sarah Palin is the governor of Alaska. She has been nominated to be the Vice President. She is a REPUBLICAN. Is that not reason enough, particularly for a Democrat?
Consider how Fox News reported Palin’s response.
The morning after an Alaskan legislative panel ruled that Sarah Palin abused her powers as Governor to get a state trooper, her former brother-in-law, fired Palin responded to a reporter’s shouted question about whether she did in fact abuse her power, Palin shook her head and said, “No.”
She added, “And if you read the report you’ll see that there was nothing unlawful or unethical about replacing a cabinet member. You got to read the report, Sir.”
Her denial of abuse of power puts her at odds with the findings of the report, which found her acting lawfully, but unethically. The report states that she violated the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act by allowing her to pressure subordinates to try and get Trooper Michael Wooten fired. (from here)
This silly thing is a political witch hunt. We have a crumbling economy, but that is not the issue. No, the problem is that the Palins wanted a policeman fired. The fact that they heard this policeman threaten their family and that he tasered his own child is not even relevant. Nope. What is important is that Palin might have abused her authority.
Consider what Todd Palin had to say about the matter.
But Mr. Palin offered no apologies, calling Mr. Wooten a “threat” to his family.
He said he took pictures of Mr. Wooten using a snowmobile when he was out of work collecting disability payments. When he became concerned that state troopers were not diligently investigating accusations against Mr. Wooten, he and his wife retained a private investigator to conduct witness interviews.
Todd Palin, husband of Republican vice-presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin, told investigators he sought the firing of an Alaska state trooper but didn’t try to directly influence his wife about it, court documents show.
“I make no apologies for wanting to protect my family and wanting to publicize the injustice of a violent trooper keeping his badge and abusing the workers’ compensation system,” he said. “The real investigation that needs to be conducted for the best interests of the public at large is the Department of Public Safety’s unwillingness to discipline its own.”
Mr. Palin said he never pressured his wife. “Anyone who knows Sarah knows she is the governor, and she calls the shots,” he said.
Similarly, he said, he never asked Mr. Monegan to fire Mr. Wooten.
“I told him he needed to be aware of a trooper that had threatened my family,” Mr. Palin said. “Since Monegan was the top cop in the state, I wanted to make sure he had all the information about Wooten’s history in case something happened to a member of the Palin family or the general public” at Mr. Wooten’s hands. (from here)
Here is Todd Palin’s statement in the probe. Why isn’t the whole notion that the Palins should not be able to talk to the Alaska’s chief cop about someone who had threaten their family considered nuts? Why isn’t Monegan’s response to this matter considered unethical?
You insist on reading a long and windy report? Well, here it is. If you are a Democrat, please start when the polls open on November 4, 2008, and do not vote until you have finished carefully reading every word.
NH – While there is indeed some truth to your charges, they go too far. Let’s not emulate our opponents by making rash statements. Consider these examples.
Soros was born in 1930. At best he was 15 years old when WW II ended. So Soro hid from the Nazis. Was he suppose to give himself up to the Nazis? What proof do you have that he sent other Jews to the ovens?
The Carter administration’s foreign policy failed, but Brzezinski did not enable the Iranian madman. Let’s give credit where it is due. The Iranians enabled their madmen all by themselves.
Sinclair’s accusations may or may not be true. I have no opinion. What is pathetic is how the MSM lends credence to such charges against Republicans and ignores them when they are made against Democrats.
Without a doubt Obama is consorting with some people who are less than honorable. However, most of the people supporting Obama just don’t know any better. When most of Obama’s supporters need to be educated, spending our credibly by attacking Obama with questionable charges is a distraction. Instead of attacking Obama, let’s concentrate on explaining why Obama’s innumerable and costly plans will not and cannot work.
Could there be anything more insignificant that this totally trumped up thing called ‘troopergate’? I mean is this all they could come up with after sending 50 lawyers to Alaska to paw through her garbage?
It is the governor’s purview to fire bad cops and we commend her for it. It was the UNION who asked for this investigation and thus the report was ‘jaundiced’. The trooper himself, Mike Wooten, even SUPPORTS SARAH. He never lost his job and admits he was out of control.
The father of three, who was married four times, told CNN, “I’m trying to move on, and be the best dad I can to my children. Be the best trooper that I can be. You know, I love my job. I love this state.”
He added that McCain’s choice of Palin as his running mate was “absolutely wonderful for the state of Alaska.”
If Monegan was fired, it was likely for something else. We didn’t see liberals get their knickers in a knot when Hillary spent $14M of our tax dollars to run her health care seminars in the White House did you? Did they object her interference in the Clinton presidency? Did they care about the baggage her husband carried with him from HIS days as governor of Arkansas where he OD’ed on cocaine?
Speaking of lack of judgment there is hardly room here for me to write about the absolutely SORDID past of Barack Hussein Obama. Sarah Palin cannot be compared to him, as she rises so far above in both experience and honesty and class and character.
Funded by Nazi sympathizer and terrorist enablers Soros and Brzezinski (Soros broke the banks of several countries and is a convicted international criminal, ZB enabled the Iranian madman. Soros also posed as a Catholic to save his skin while he sent other Jews to the ovens.)
BHO is an admitted coke user as late as 1999
BHO has racist ties to Wright, Farrakhan (who called him Messiah) and sat in a racist church for 20 years
BHO has radical ties to murderers Ayers and Dohrn where he worked with and for Ayers on the Annenberg school ‘reform’ project where they infused political activism into the students using foundation money. (And these nuts now run our schools)
BHO was lawyer for ACORN and CRA who caused the financial crisis – his job was to strongarm companies into giving loans to people who could not afford them, under the charge of ‘racism’
BHO took money from criminal Tony Rezko and may even get arrested himself for this, soon we hope.
Brother Odinga is detaining reporters in Kenya — this is a guy who supports ‘necklacing’, to punish his enemies.
And BHO is possibly a bi-sexual who had sex in the back of a limo with Larry Sinclair… and quite possibly with the DEAD Don Young…
BHO was a lawyer for ACORN, under investigation AGAIN in 13 states for voter fraud, indicted many times before for same.
I could go on but you get the picture?
Sarah is an angel with wings compared to this CREEP!
Democrats will they ever change?