Thursday, September 18, 2008

Internal Investigation Turned This Up.......

An internal government document obtained by ABC News appears to contradict Sarah Palin's most recent explanation for why she fired her public safety chief, the move which prompted the now-contested state probe into "Troopergate."

An internal government document obtained by ABC News appears to contradict Sarah Palin's most recent explanation for why she fired her public safety chief Walt Monegan, the move which prompted the now-contested state probe into "Troopergate."
(ABC News Photo Illustration)Fighting back against allegations she may have fired her then-Public Safety Commissioner, Walt Monegan, for refusing to go along with a personal vendetta, Palin on Monday argued in a legal filing that she fired Monegan because he had a "rogue mentality" and was bucking her administration's directives.

"The last straw," her lawyer argued, came when he planned a trip to Washington, D.C., to seek federal funds for an aggressive anti-sexual-violence program. The project, expected to cost from $10 million to $20 million a year for five years, would have been the first of its kind in Alaska, which leads the nation in reported forcible rape.

The McCain-Palin campaign echoed the charge in a press release it distributed Monday, concurrent with Palin's legal filing. "Mr. Monegan persisted in planning to make the unauthorized lobbying trip to D.C.," the release stated.
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At September 20, 2008 at 11:34 AM , Anonymous AK Nonpartisan Voter said...

I CANNOT believe that people will vote for McCain/Palin because they are so enamored of Palin--that this virtually unknown woman to the lower 48 is deemed acceptable and qualified to step into the presidency if need be--just because she's a "looker!" Good Grief! My husband is a registered Republican--and he blindly follows the party, good or bad, because he's a Republican--the candidate could be a child molester (as an example--I know such a person would not be eligible to run for public office)--but hey, VOTE REPUBLICAN!! I have always voted for the person I deem the best candidate, be they Republican or Democrat. It just boggles my mind that a person would vote for a bad candidate, just because that's their registered party.
What in the world happened to common sense and good judgment? I strongly feel that the Alaska Legislature should "man up" and follow through with legal action against Todd Palin and the other State employees who ignored the subpeonas served on them. A private citizen would certainly experience the full sanctions of the Court. Why handle this situation with kid gloves--because the McCain party is now involved and apparently calling the shots in Alaska's State Government? As an Alaskan, I resent their involvement in this situation. Are they now vicariously running the Governor's Office? Makes me appreciate Parnell for not contesting the Primary vote count, to stick it out in the office for which he was originally elected--as he said, he is assuming more of the Governor's duties since she's been away campaigning. Didn't vote for him in the Primary, but sure respect his decision to quit and take care of Alaska State Government because Palin sure isn't taking care of the office to which she was elected. I am a State employee; not high up on the food chain; yet I've been warned not to forward any e-mails against Palin--reason being, that if there's ever a complaint against me, she is vindictive enough to investigate my e-mail account and fire me. The State Attorney General is biased (Palin appointed him) and not experienced enough to handle his job--hence, his running off on "vacation." What professional person would take a vacation in the middle of a maelstorm except to avoid the backlash of his decision to advise State employees to ignore the Legislative subpeona? People have compared Palin's experience against Obama's; stating that she has more "executive" experience than he. She's the VP candidate--a weak one--versus Joe Biden. While people say that Obama doesn't have the experience necessary, at least he has a strong VP candidate. If Obama were to die in office, we'd have a very experienced VP to step into the presidency. McCain is 72 years old, and not in good health. Palin would become President if he died in office--and she has no experience--foreign or otherwise! So if she were to actually travel to that island across from Russia and look at Russian land on the other side, that would give her foreign policy experience? Give me a break! I've driven through Canada--that doesn't qualify me to be considered an experienced foreign policy expert. Or does it? Gees, maybe I can move up the food chain now and earn more money to pay for the gas that isn't coming from the Alaska gasline that is nowhere near being built! Talk around the Capital is that when Palin's eldest son got in trouble with the law; and she was able to wangle the court into sentencing him to join the military, rather than serve jail time. This is something that is no longer done; yet she was able to pull the strings for her son. Wish I had had that same recourse for my wayward son years ago--would have served him a world of good, rather than sitting in jail. Now Palin grandstands on the campaign trail about her son's "decision" to join the military and has recently been sent off to Iraq. Wake up, America! How can you who were previously undecided about voting for McCain prior to his selection of Palin as his running mate conscientiously vote for McCain/Palin just because she's a "breath of fresh air" to the Repubican Party? Do you not try to see beyond the Beauty Queen (albeit Miss Congeniality) image? Do you not care about substance? Do you not care that the Repubican VP candidate is embroiled in a scandal in her home state with allegations of abuse of power? Frightening to think about what she'll do to Wooten and anyone else she feels animosity towards if she has the power of the Secret Service, FBI, and IRs behind her as VP of this country. Andrew, I recently started reading your website and deeply appreciate the information/service that you provide to give America a fully rounded picture of Palin. I remember watching you on Gavel to Gavel in 2002, and you went against party lines and spoke eloquently for the "little man" against a bill that was presented. I was so very impressed with your stance and for going out on a limb against your party. I read your response to a blog comment asking how you will vote and you stated that you are a Republican, but are also undecided about voting for McCain/Palin, and may just NOT vote that position in November. I was strongly leaning towards voting for McCain, until he selecte Palin as his running mate--someone I feel is not qualified or experienced enough to be the VP candidate.
Needless to say, Troopergate was the "nail in the coffin" with my decision to not vote for McCain.


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