Sunday, September 14, 2008

Sarah appoints Friends and Family

This article is by Jo Becker, Peter S. Goodman and Michael Powell. [NYT]

WASILLA, Alaska — Gov. Sarah Palin lives by the maxim that all politics is local, not to mention personal.

So when there was a vacancy at the top of the State Division of Agriculture, she appointed a high school classmate, Franci Havemeister, to the $95,000-a-year directorship. A former real estate agent, Ms. Havemeister cited her childhood love of cows as a qualification for running the roughly $2 million agency.

Ms. Havemeister was one of at least five schoolmates Ms. Palin hired, often at salaries far exceeding their private sector wages.

When Ms. Palin had to cut her first state budget, she avoided the legion of frustrated legislators and mayors. Instead, she huddled with her budget director and her husband, Todd, an oil field worker who is not a state employee, and vetoed millions of dollars of legislative projects.

And four months ago, a Wasilla blogger, Sherry Whitstine, who chronicles the governor’s career with an astringent eye, answered her phone to hear an assistant to the governor on the line, she said.

“You should be ashamed!” Ivy Frye, the assistant, told her. “Stop blogging. Stop blogging right now!”

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At September 14, 2008 at 4:34 AM , Blogger Eric said...

It would be nice if someone could actually link to the Sherry Whitstine blog. I have not been able to find it anywhere and am beginning to wonder if it might not be a hoax.

At September 14, 2008 at 10:17 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sherry's blog is at

At September 14, 2008 at 2:48 PM , Blogger Syrin said...

Thank you Eric for your comment. And at for giving site address.

I'm a real American just like every other American who could and should hold their elected officals accountable.

Sarah just happens to be my elected official.

At September 15, 2008 at 6:47 PM , Blogger Syrin said...

Posts FROM New York Times Readers

19.September 14, 2008 5:10 am
Why is there not more OUTRAGE that this is the woman John McCain has chosen as his running mate and potential successor? She is not qualified by any measure. I cannot understand the faction of the country who thinks this woman should hold the second-highest office in the land, and I shudder to think she could hold the first.
— In shock, Philadelphia

18.September 14, 2008 5:10 am
Interviews show that Ms. Palin runs an administration that puts a premium on loyalty and secrecy. After the last eight years, that is real change.
— Bob, New York

17.September 14, 2008 5:10 am
Finally the media is exposing the truth!!!
— Frank, long island

16.September 14, 2008 5:10 am
This is not the person who should be VP or God forbid, president. As a life long republican, I feel enough is enough and truly Palin is not even worthy of any more time. She was elected with a majority of approximately 15,000 votes.

Wake up America, this is not a video game and this is a potential disaster. McCain is in his 70s and has serious cancer. There is a very good probability that this individual will be president if elected. What are you all thinking? She has a second rate education, was a mayor of a fly speck of a village, and has not even served a full term as governor.

For the sake of future generations and the soundness of the republic do not elect this candidate.
— Kenneth Tarr, Naples, Florida


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