Friday, October 10, 2008

Palin guilty of 'Abuse Power'

A long-awaited Alaska legislative report concluded that Republican Sen. John McCain's vice-presidential running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin, abused her authority and broke state ethics law by trying to remove her former brother-in-law from his job as a state trooper.

But the report also concluded that the Republican governor did not unlawfully fire her public-safety commissioner, Walt Monegan, who said he had been pressured to oust the trooper, Mike Wooten. The report said other factors were involved in Mr. Monegan's controversial dismissal.

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Sen. John McCain speaks as Republican vice-presidential candidate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin listens during a town hall meeting in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
The report, by investigator Stephen Branchflower, was a potential setback to Sen. McCain's lagging presidential campaign. It was released late Friday in Anchorage by the state legislative panel that commissioned it. The bipartisan panel, with two members absent, voted 12-0 to release the findings to the public.

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At October 10, 2008 at 10:45 PM , Anonymous ClearSky said...

The abuse of power was forcing her state underlings to do her personal business. Making her staff pressure anybody for her personal family gain is unethical. The spin is a comin'

At October 11, 2008 at 8:37 AM , Blogger Joshua Walker said...

I find it interesting that in all the media reports the first paragraph describes how Palin abused her powers, but then the second paragraph states that what she did was completely within her right as governor. Maybe I'm not getting it, but those two seem mutually exclusive to me. If she is legally allowed to exercise the power that she did, how in the world can the legislature find her guilty of abusing that power. Plus this Monegan guy, who was fired, even admitted he was never asked to fire Wooten, but of course this is being swept under the rug in the media. He said he only felt like that was the reason he was fired....? A feeling...?

At October 11, 2008 at 9:10 AM , Blogger Syrin said...


Monegan said he believed that the Palins were motivated out of emotion stemming from family issues, a phenomenon he said he had encountered frequently as a law enforcement officer.

He said the couple were especially consternated with his response to their complaint that Wooten had shot a female moose without a permit.

Upon investigation, he said, he learned that Palin's sister had a permit for the moose and was present when it was shot. In addition, he said, Gov. Palin's father had butchered the moose.

"I pointed out that there are people also involved in this incident that theoretically could also be charged," Monegan told Todd Palin. "And he said, 'I didn't want that. I only want Wooten charged.' "

Gov. Palin called a few days later. "The sole topic was Michael Wooten," Monegan said, and he told her the same thing he had told her husband.

The last direct conversation he had with the governor on the subject, he said, was on Feb. 13, 2007, on the way to a birthday celebration for a state senator.

"We were walking down the stairs, the governor mentioned to me, she says, 'I'd like to talk to you about Wooten.' And I said, 'Ma'am, I need you to keep an arm's length at this -- on this issue. And if you have further complaints on him, I can deal with Todd on it.'

Monagan also recieved 3 emails stating she wanted Wooten fired. from the unethical Sarah Palin.

At October 12, 2008 at 1:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


the only reason that palin stayed above the fray, was because monegan repeatedly told her underlings that what they were doing was the report

he ended up saving her ass

but she is a corrupt pol


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