Palin appears she doesn’t want to cooperate.

 

IT IS SURPRISING and more than a little sad that the “Troopergate” affair seems to have taken on a life of its own, much to the detriment of Alaska.

Vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is under investigation by a joint legislative committee trying to determine whether she overstepped her bounds in the sacking of former Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan for not firing a trooper involved in a nasty divorce and custody battle with her sister.

At first, the governor said she would cooperate with the investigation, being carried out by former prosecutor Stephen Branchflower, but now has hired a lawyer, filed an ethics complaint against herself and challenges whether the Legislature has jurisdiction over executive branch ethics inquiries. She hopes to have her own case handled by the state Personnel Board, a panel she controls. All in all, it appears she is trying to stall until after the November elections.

To top it off, the state Senate Judiciary Committee voted 3-2 on Friday to subpoena 13 people in its investigation being carried out by former prosecutor Stephen Branchflower — including Palin’s husband, Todd. For its part, the Palin administration has been making noises about trying to quash any subpoenaes from the Legislature. Swell.

Just think, all of this could have been avoided if Palin had confined her official activities, and those of her staff, including her attorney general of all people, to things not involving personal matters.

One can only wonder what she would be capable of as vice president.

Let's keep her to her word

"We would never prohibit, or be less than enthusiastic about any kind of investigation. Let's deal in the facts, and you do that via investigation," Palin said.

Governor Palin on an independent investigation, Friday July 18, 2008 on the KTUU News

 

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  1. Inside_Passage
    Sep 16, 2008 @ 11:12:00

    I have a question.Having read your blog on the latest developments, it occurs to me to ask whether you consider the investigative committee beyond reproach, and if you've already decided she's guilty of what she's being investigated for. I realize that this is the court of ethics rather than a court of law you're talking about, but pursuing the matter with intent of determining and presenting the truth requires a lack of bias… in other words, not deciding beforehand that she's guilty and looking for proof to show it.

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  2. Lightfoot Letters
    Sep 16, 2008 @ 13:07:00

    As best as I can tell from researching the matter…Governor Palin as Governor should have fired this person, regardless of any personal connection. A personal connection is never an excuse for not doing your duty. Possibly you found information to the contrary…Post it..I would appreciate the heads up!

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  3. Syrin from Wasilla
    Sep 16, 2008 @ 14:44:00

    Adding clarity….

    Here's your HEADS UP- It doesn't matter what you think of the outcome of a penality against someone whether it's harsh enough or if a court decision made and final didn't go your way. In this case the Palin administration has abused the power in attempting to take the law into their own hands by unlawfully using her position as governor to further her never ending vendetta.
    This whole saga happened 2005-06. Trooper Wooten served whatever punishment was given by the proper authority under a different Commissioner. Wooten serverd 10 days for 3 substansiated complaints that total 25. All were made by Heath family (Sarah's Parents) Palin family (Todd and Sarah) between 2005-2006- no other alaskan has a complaint about this Trooper. The statements and abuse that has become 'Troopergate' is based on the actions of Palin since she has become the governor nineteen months ago.

    In response the other side of the story that I heard first hand while speaking with Wooten for several hours in the course of reviewing these documents.
    The story in the Anchorage Daily News this morning and some comments posted on this blog require some additional comments and explanations for my readers.
    The Daily News Story:
    In the story this morning, Governor Palin offered the following comments about Trooper Mike Wooten:

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  4. Inside_Passage
    Sep 16, 2008 @ 14:45:00

    Lightfoot Letters:To my understanding, it is absolutely not Palin's place to fire any of the state troopers, no matter how poorly they perform. This is why the issue of her (or her assistant) pressuring Monegan into firing him becomes a problem. That's not to say I completely disagree. I think that if it comes to a governor's (or legislator, or public servant) attention that any member of the public service is performing their job improperly, they should do something about it. However, there's an ethics package that was put into place (by Palin, I believe) that sets down all kinds of standards Alaskan government should have been following a long time ago. Whether her actions cross a line in that reform? I don't know, I'm not familiar enough with it.She did accept accountability for the actions of her employee, so if a line was crossed, an apology will be necessary, and if she actually fired Monegan in retaliation, then whatever measures were set down in the ethics reform should be followed.

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  5. Inside_Passage
    Sep 16, 2008 @ 15:08:00

    Thanks. I think that sufficiently clarifies whether you think she's guilty or not, Syrin.I agree that it is unethical to pursue a personal vendetta against someone, and if it is determined that she is guilty of it, she should be held accountable for it. Note that I say unethical. You say unlawful, and that is not correct. She broke no law in doing it – Monegan himself acknowledges that he served as APSC at the will of the governor, and unlike you does not claim to know that she did it as a personal vendetta. If you have a source that says he has changed his position on whether it was personally directed at him, then I'd like to see it. Legally, she was within her rights, even if she did it as a personal vendetta against Wooten. Ethically…. well, it doesn't need to be said.That said, Lightfoot is dead on. That guy has no business being a police officer. Driving with an open container, on duty or not? Tasering a kid, even if the kid "just wanted to see how it felt"? That right there is enough to tell me that this guy probably hasn't the sense to be in the business of serving and protecting.That he shows so little common sense as to do those things simply reinforces the other unsubstantiated claims. It bothers me that neither Grimes nor Monegan saw this as a serious problem and makes me wonder just how many of our other public servants act like this.

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  6. Syrin from Wasilla
    Sep 16, 2008 @ 17:00:00

    Just think, all of this could have been avoided if Palin had confined her official activities, and those of her staff, including her attorney general of all people, to things not involving personal matters.One can only wonder what she would be capable of as vice president.

    Let's keep her to her word
    "We would never prohibit, or be less than enthusiastic about any kind of investigation. Let's deal in the facts, and you do that via investigation," Palin said.
    Governor Palin on an independent investigation, Friday July 18, 2008

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  7. Inside_Passage
    Sep 16, 2008 @ 17:25:00

    Better yet, let's keep them both to the word. She has effectively set up an agreement in making that statement, and by expecting her to follow through on it, they (those investigating) must do the same.Turning it into a political circus for maximum campaign effect is not dealing in facts. Expecting her to hold to the spirit of the agreement when those investigating the claims are not doing the same is wrong.Openness and transparency only get you so far when it's turned into a smear job.

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  8. Lightfoot Letters
    Sep 17, 2008 @ 13:24:00

    Yes, I know all the media hype…Thought possibly some knew information that I had not found. Untill then, My opinion, Governor Palin should have done what ever she could to see that this person was fired. Again personal connections or conflicts are no excuse for not doing you duty to protect the public.
    Thanks for the input.

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