Tuesday, September 2, 2008

McCain's Partner and Soulmate Was Not Vetted

Questions surround Palin's background check
IN DEPTH? In Alaska, very few people were involved in the GOP vetting process.

By RICHARD MAUER, LISA DEMER and SEAN COCKERHAM
Anchorage Daily News

Published: September 2nd, 2008 12:51 AM
Last Modified: September 2nd, 2008 01:29 AM

Gov. Sarah Palin's reluctant announcement Monday that her unmarried, teenage daughter was within months of making her a grandmother at age 44 also turned a spotlight on Sen. John McCain, who would have Palin as his vice president.

McCain's presidential campaign spent the day trying to assure fellow Republicans and the nation that Palin's background was thoroughly vetted. The pregnancy of Bristol Palin, 17, came as no surprise to them, they said.

But in Alaska, it was hard to find anyone who had been contacted by McCain's campaign.

Thomas Van Flein, the Anchorage lawyer representing Palin and her office in the legislature's investigation into the firing of former Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan, said he spoke to several representatives from McCain before Palin's selection was announced Friday.

But Van Flein appears to be in a small minority in the vetting of Palin.

The former U.S. attorney for Alaska, Wev Shea, family friend, who enthusiastically recommended Palin back in March, said he was never contacted with any follow-up questions.

Chris Coleman, one of Palin's next-door neighbors, said no one representing McCain spoke to him about Palin. Another neighbor also was never contacted, he said Monday.

Republican Gail Phillips, a former speaker of the Alaska House, said Friday that she was shocked by McCain's selection of Palin and told her husband, Walt, "This can't be happening because his advance team didn't come to Alaska to check her out." She said she would've heard had someone been poking around.

"We're not a very big state," Phillips said. "People I talk to would've heard something."

Monegan, fired by Palin in July, said that no one from the McCain campaign contacted him, either. His firing is now the subject of a special legislative investigation into whether Palin or members of her administration improperly interfered with the running of his department by pushing for dismissal of a state trooper involved in a divorce and custody battle with Palin's sister.

Alaska Senate President Lyda Green, R-Wasilla, told The New York Times, "They didn't speak to anyone in the Legislature, they didn't speak to anyone in the business community."

Wasilla Mayor Dianne Keller said she had not heard of any efforts to look into Palin's background, the Times reported. And Randy Ruedrich, the state Republican Party chairman, said he knew nothing of any vetting that had been conducted.

State Sen. Hollis French, a Democrat who is directing the legislative investigation, said that no one asked him about the allegations. "I heard not a word, not a single contact," he told the Times.

Matanuska-Susitna Borough Mayor Curt Menard told the Daily News, "I never got called, and I never heard of anybody who got called." Perhaps, he laughed, "They don't even know where the Mat-Su Borough is."

Dan Seamount, who served with Palin and Ruedrich on the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, wasn't contacted, either.

"I was taken by surprise just like everybody else," Seamount told the Daily News.

Seamount's observations might be of particular interest since he saw first hand how Palin was drawn into investigating Ruedrich for ethics violations in 2003. The case eventually led to Ruedrich being fined $12,000 and to Palin being thrust into the limelight as an ethics reformer in her own party.

On Sunday, The Washington Post quoted McCain campaign manager Rick Davis as saying the FBI conducted a background check of Palin.

But Monday, the FBI told the Atlantic Monthly no such check took place.

"In general, we do not do vetting for political campaigns except as it might regard investigations needed for security clearances," the magazine's Web site quoted John Miller, the chief FBI spokesman. If the agency had conducted a security check of Palin, it wouldn't have shared it with the campaign, the magazine said.

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6 Comments:

At September 2, 2008 at 9:15 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Syrin
You are so correct on this. His advance team didn't come to Alaska to check her out until Sunday 8/31

 
At September 2, 2008 at 10:05 PM , Blogger Truth First said...

The campaign to stop the presidency of Barack Obama reached a new low today with the announcement that John McCain has selected Sarah Palin, a white woman, to be his vice-presidential running mate.

As a further insult, McCain referred to Palin as being the “next vice president” of the United States as if Barack Obama did not exist or won’t be winning the election this November.

The use of Palin as a political tool is racist and a direct attack on Senator Obama. It is an attempt to reinvigorate the old stereotypes that African men (or Negroes as they were called) are lustful creatures who eye white women as sexual prizes to be claimed.

It is also attempt by McCain to get Senator Obama killed. In many U.S. states it is still illegal for any African man to look at, touch, or speak with a white woman. McCain is trying to set up a circumstance where Obama would do one of the three with Palin in one of these states and have him imprisoned or lynched.

In addition, McCain does this just as a Hurricane is bearing down on New Orleans which was attacked by the Bush regime’s Katrina in 2005.

 
At September 3, 2008 at 2:24 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

siren...you delete posts that contain the truth about you and Sarah Palin...why do you delete them? let the people her knwo the truth.

 
At September 3, 2008 at 4:43 AM , Anonymous Norwood, Ohio said...

3:24 am and 3:27 am:
I'm only one reader of this blog, but as a voter, I'm far more interested in what you and other commenters might be able to contribute my knowledge base about Sarah Palin than your "truth" about the past relationship between this blogger Syrin and Sarah Palin or how this blogger behaves on other sites. Perhaps you can shed some light on 1.) why the McCain campaign would falsely claim the FBI did a background check on Palin, 2.) what exactly are Palin's ties to the secessionist Alaska Independent Party, 3.) as a voter, should I be concerned about Palin's past proclivities to seek out/accept earmarks from the federal government for both Wallisa and the state, i.e., the doomed bridge to nowhere, though she now claims to oppose earmarks. Is this a principled position or a convenient political flip flop?
4.) does she have a previously stated position on health care for Alaskans?, 5.) the media is reporting she funded the $1,200 checks to Alaska by raising taxes on the oil and gas industries, which is essentially what Obama wants to do. However, in her Friday press conference with McCain, she said the checks resulted from higher gas and oil prices. Was this simply a misspeak or was it a deliberate "sin of omission?" What say you, 3:24 and 3:27 am?

 
At September 3, 2008 at 10:08 AM , Blogger Syrin said...

Norwood,
Let me answer a few of the questions that you pose.

Why the McCain campaign would falsely claim the FBI did a background check on Palin.

Sarah Palin is currently under investigation for "ABUSE of POWER". She has been given a lawyer. However, that lawyer seems to be paid for by the state. This is another charge of abuse of power. Palin has not been open with the investigator, so supeonas will be issued this week.

AIP- Todd was a member, Sarah recieved money and support from Wally Hickle- a ex governor who banked Sarah to the governors chair.

A vote for John and his soulmate Sarah is a vote for incompetence and deception. This woman has reformed NOTHING. She has created a new cycle of corruption. Sarah has taken that to the national level. At least, Obama is the devil, but defined and vetted. Sarah and John are a two headed devil but not defined.
I AM A CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN ALASKAN.

Sarah has no provided policies on any issue, heath, social services, education. Sarah Chavez raised profit tax 400% on private industry. She has continuely attacked the economic engine of the state of Alaska. YES, redistribution follows. It was "Sin of Ommission" Everyone loves a giver of someone elses wealth!

Thank you for asking these questions. This woman is not what she seems and what those who do not even know her are saying.

Sarah palin has shown herself to be vindictive and hateful. As well as CORRUPT and plain incompetent in every position she has held in 12 years. I'll answer with more detail about the bridges and more of her lies next .

Now Conservative Republicans have become the Liberal Dems if the lessons of Sarah are to be used and followed.

 
At September 4, 2008 at 2:24 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

siren is not conservative. anyone who quotes article containing the Daily KOS as the source is not conservative.

another one of siren's lies.

 

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