Palin’s shadow hangs over Alaska ethics debate

 

In this photo taken Sunday, July, 26, 2009, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin gives her resignation speech during a ceremony in Fairbanks, Alaska. The fallout from Palin's hasty retreat as governor is being cleaned up by the man she appointed attorney general in her waning days in office. Attorney General Dan Sullivan has proposed broad changes to Alaska's ethics rules that Palin complained helped drive her out. (AP Photo/Al Grillo)

This photo taken Sunday, July, 26, 2009 (AP Photo/Al Grillo) (Al Grillo – AP)
 

By BECKY BOHRER

The Associated Press

JUNEAU, Alaska — The fallout from Sarah Palin's hasty retreat as governor is being cleaned up by the man she appointed attorney general in her waning days in office.

Attorney General Dan Sullivan has proposed broad changes to Alaska's ethics rules that Palin complained helped drive her out. One Sullivan recommendation that might sound familiar: Setting ethical standards for spouses and kids to travel with the governor or lieutenant governor at taxpayer expense.

Another would implement an opinion he issued in August, that the state could pay legal fees executive branch officials rack up fighting ethics complaints, if the official is exonerated by an attorney general, independent investigator or by the state Personnel Board, whose members are appointed by the governor.

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But they do speak directly to complaints raised during her tumultuous two-and-a-half years in office, and are aimed at clearing up gray areas and, according to Sullivan, discouraging abuse.

There is also a sense that some of this is simply cleaning the slate of all Palin's issues.

By the time she was named the Republican vice presidential nominee in the summer of 2008, she'd already rocked the political boat at home. She shunned the capital city, burned bridges with the political establishment and had an at-times prickly relationship with lawmakers – a situation that only worsened when she returned to Juneau for the 2009 legislative session.

Her emergence on the national political scene prompted a flood of public records requests, the volume of which state officials hadn't seen before and are still working to fulfill, and set off a flurry of ethics complaints.

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"You want to make political points against Sarah Palin? Hire a hall," said Rep. Mike Doogan, an Anchorage Democrat and former journalist. "Don't make the state of Alaska your soapbox. … This is really about what's right here, for anybody who finds themselves in that situation."

Anchorage resident Andree McLeod, who's filed numerous complaints against Palin, believes each had merit.

"This is the only avenue I have to address the misconduct of government officials," she said, adding that lawmakers are "totally out of line" if they believe any of her complaints were politically motivated.

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Syrin from Wasilla
    Jan 31, 2010 @ 22:59:00

    "You want to make political points against Sarah Palin? Hire a hall," said Rep. Mike Doogan, an Anchorage Democrat and former journalist.

    These are Sarah defenders and enablers..Liberal Democrats

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  2. Martha
    Feb 01, 2010 @ 02:13:00

    Rep. Mike Doogan remarks only aide

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  3. Martha
    Feb 01, 2010 @ 02:14:00

    Rep. Mike Doogan remarks only aide the corruption that permeates Alaskan politics.

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  4. Martha
    Feb 01, 2010 @ 04:27:00

    While ethics is an important issue, "It's not going to be very high on my laundry list of state issues to address," said Rep. Jay Ramras, R-Fairbanks, whose Judiciary Committee would be where any ethics bills might land."I think a lot of these issues … would benefit from the passage of time, and likely are better issues for the (next) Legislature to take up," said Ramras, who often found himself at odds with Palin. He said he wants to focus his limited committee time on anti-crime measures.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~This is simply outrageous……..passage of time indeed…….let us ALL forget about the Alaska Fund Trust shall we?Remember that one, the one that is illegal and Palin was ordered to shut downEthics shmethics…who needs em, nope not here in Alaska, where the corrupt bastards club members are dropping like flies!Thank God the "passage of time" means nothing to the "feds" Why oh why should the legislature worry their "pretty little heads" about ethics, when, with "the passage of time" it will become so outrageously corrupt that the FBI will do your job FOR you….why indeed?I cannot believe the attitude of these legislators!How is it that their political career is intact?Their attitude is ever bit as bad as the "journalistic standards" of the woman who wrote this article.It appears that it could be said of the politics/politicians in Alaska:…….what/who is not completely corrupt is utterly vacuous!

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  5. Martha
    Feb 01, 2010 @ 08:04:00

    "You want to make political points against Sarah Palin? Hire a hall," said Rep. Mike Doogan, an Anchorage Democrat and former journalist.

    Reply

  6. Syrin from Wasilla
    Feb 01, 2010 @ 08:41:00

    Thank you, I enjoyed your comments.. You're correct on all accounts!
    ….There was no consequence whatsoever for Palin abusing the power of her office,zero, zip, nada……

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  7. Martha
    Feb 01, 2010 @ 09:28:00

    I forgot to dedicate my last post to the Mudflats blog……sorry Mudflats……

    Reply

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