Thursday, July 31, 2008

Alaska's Governor ....Abuse of Power

By Alex Koppelman
Thursday, July 31, 2008 19:12 EDT

Alaska's governor being investigated, too
Sen. Ted Stevens isn't the only Alaska Republican who might be in hot water. The state's Legislative Council, a bipartisan panel made up of both state senators and state representatives, voted earlier this week to spend up to $100,000 investigating Gov. Sarah Palin's firing of the state's former public safety commissioner, Walt Monegan. The investigation will consider whether Palin sacked Monegan because he wouldn't fire Mike Wooten, a state trooper who's Palin's former brother-in-law, and whether Monegan was pressured to fire Wooten by Palin or members of her family or administration.

Wooten is currently going through a bitter divorce and custody battle with Palin's younger sister. Monegan says he did feel pressure from Palin's husband Todd, Annette Krietzer, Frank Baily and other legislative staffers. They tried to get Monegan to fire the trooper before he himself was fired on July 11. Palin replaced Monegan with Chuck Kopp, but Kopp resigned last week over revelations of a 2005 sexual harassment complaint against him.

All this comes at a bad time for Palin, especially because the investigation was brought to national attention on Thursday by the Wall Street Journal. She hasn't been discussed much as a possible running mate for John McCain recently, but her name has come up on numerous occasions, and she's been endorsed for the ticket by people like Nat Hentoff and the National Review's Kathryn Jean Lopez. Bill Kristol has also said he thinks she should be McCain's pick, and predicted she would end up on the ticket -- of course, given his record as a prognosticator, that could have been the real death blow to Palin's chances.


At August 1, 2008 at 2:59 AM , Blogger Ted said...

QUESTION: How do you know the Dems and MSM are petrified of Palin?

ANSWER: LA Times promotes story "Palin faces state probe nixing VP rumors" since Palin told police her state trooper ex-brother-in-law threatened to kill her dad.

At August 10, 2008 at 1:15 AM , Blogger Syrin said...

In one email that was released, the governor actually calls someone a "dumbass."

Not only does it highlight the lack of class that Palin has, but it's totally ironic coming from a governor who last week on national television answered a question from the host by saying, "I can't answer that question until someone answers for me what is it exactly that the Vice President does."

petrified? Fool, bless your heart Sarah is the one who should be petrified. It ain't corruption as usual with Sarah,NO, it's quite worse than anyone ever imagined.

At August 30, 2008 at 11:32 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe he was a dumbass.

And the responsibility of the VP is to succeed the president if he happens to keel over.

At least they used to preside over the Senate and occasionally vote in tie-breakers. But now even that is only ceremonial.

What the hell kind of job is that? Do you have a better answer?


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