Sarah Palin, she thinks she’s above the law

Sondra Tompkins on KUDO Radio 

Sondra Tompkins about her ethics complaint against Governor Sarah Palin



Tompkins says Palin should be focused on the job at hand.  A lot of what she’s done lately could be construed as moonlighting.

Some compare what she’s done with other governors.  Tony Knowles, for instance, was gone more during the session.  Tompkins says none of their travels occurred at the end of a session and back then the session was 120 days long.  Now i’ts only 90 days so time is more critical.  Also indicated there’s a difference between state related trips and non-state related trips.

CC notes that Tompkins has a special needs child, and that Palin had attended the SMILE breakfast for special needs kids.  Tompkins responded that she’d like to be paid a state salary to go advocate for special needs children.  Advocacy is good, but what can you do at home with our own children with challenges?  She is not supportive of stimiuls money for special needs children.

Thinks that she is conflicted as to where her loyalties lie – with state of Alaska, or her far right conservative base and SarahPAC?

According to her spokesman, she is governor 24/7 so therefore she is excluded from personnel laws.  Unless she relinquishes governorship to the Lt. Governor, which she did not do.  She didn’t relinquish duties on campaign trail, or while she traveled to Indiana. Therefore the  PAC is conflict of interest.

The question is that the PAC is reimbursing her for the trip.  She cannot take a “36 hour vacation” barring her from partisan activities on state time.

CC says she appreciates that this was brought to light.

Tompkins mentions that Palin benefits from the trip, but Alaska does not. 

CC notes that she was not present when the vote came against Wayne Anthony Ross.  Tompkins reminds us that Walt Monegan was fired when Palin was gone.  She prefers not to be around.

Trip was made at the behest of SarahPAC.  Governor’s office looked forward to the enticements and bribes for attending. (Chocolates, donuts and a hockey stick)  Probably not a good idea to use the word “bribe”.  Palin said all it took was the chocolates.  Maybe we can buy her chocolates to RESIGN!

Caller says if she’s so adamant about right to life issues, why isn’t she promoting it here in the state?  Why go outside?  (It was the donuts)

By blaming bloggers for Ross’ rejection, she’s attempting to quiet dissention.  There’s a large number of bloggers in Alaska.  She doesn’t want to hear from constituents.

She’s never been attentive to the legislative session.  Her attentions have always been for her benefit and personal gain.

Process – File complaint with the Department of Law.  Someone looks at it and decides if it goes to the personnel board.  That’s basically like asking the personnel board (all appointed by Palin) if they want to investigate their boss.  Process is essentially corrupt.  We can’t let it stop us, but it will take a lot of voices to make changes.

Caller – How did you decide to do this?

Why would we call ourselves a free democracy if we live in fear of our elected officials.  We can’t stay quiet.  I choose not to live in fear.  I can’t be concerned or worried about what Governor Palin might say about me.  This is not about me, this is about the governor’s actions.

Is she under some sort of contractual relationship with SarahPAC and donors?  There is some kind of contract going on.  If you consider the definition of a contract, the PAC makes an offer (reads from the complaint).  People are giving money for this purpose.  It’s obligating Palin to solve America’s problem, and support America’s family.  For the governor, the number one priority should be Alaska and Alaskan families.

Tompkins thinks she is not brave.  She’s just doing her duty as a constituent.  Palin asked to be held accountable.  She’s gotten to the point where she wants to tell the governor that she needs to hold herself accountable and take responsibility for her unethical behavior.

None of us are perfect.  We’re all going to make mistakes.  We need to own our mistakes.

(Lots of supportive “thank you” calls coming in.)

It’s unfortunate that we have to do this.  If she would abide by the Executive Branch Ethics Act, none of this would be necessary.

Tompkins is also one of the growing number of Republican voters who find themselves disillusioned and have no confidence in Sarah Palin and her current administration.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. xango_xango
    Apr 23, 2009 @ 08:34:00

    About time – SaraPAC and the [hold on the legalPAC] could both use a good lookey lou. Wouldn't it be incredible if the Legal pac was a scam, they have posted notices on it not to donate until the fund is set up now. Half a million in legal fees when a lot were donated already sounds fishy to me too. How much can legal memos back and forth cost anyway? It's just an exercise in stalling and increasing the attorney's take, you know kind of like taking Sarah on a trip to the "cleaners"!


  2. JBodine
    Apr 23, 2009 @ 18:53:00

    What an idiot, SaraPac is public and can be looked up at the FEC. the Legal fund has not been set up yet and lawyers are doing that. Both Ferderal and State laws must be followed and it take time to sort it all out. It will also be subject to public disclosure and I look forward to seeing your name as one of the contributors.


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