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.