4 Years of a ‘False Narrative’ and 34,820 More Pages of Mostly Redacted Emails

By IBTimes Staff Reporter


Just when you thought her time in the spotlight might have run out, reporters have dug up more details about Sarah Palin‘s half-term as governor of Alaska. E-mails released Thursday by the state reveal Palin was ready to quit the jobs months before she left office in July 2009 due to mounting legal bills and the toll public office was taking on her personal life, according to the Associated Press.
E-mails released Thursday by the state reveal that Palin was ready to quit the jobs months before she left office in July due to mounting legal bills and the toll public office was taking on her personal life, according to The Associated Press.Palin also expressed frustration about the intense scrutiny she went under as soon as she entered the national stage during the 2008 election. The politician-turned-pundit complained that more than 150 freedom of information requests cost the state over $1 million and that “who knows what all the bogus ethics charges have cost the state.””I can’t afford this job,” Palin wrote in March 2009.

A large number of e-mails weren’t included in the release. A 189-page document lists all the messages that were redacted, with explanations like “child custody matter” and “children, dinner and prayer,” along with messages about potential appointees.

The state of Alaska first released a batch of Palin’s e-mails last June, three years after The Associated Press and other news organizations requested the records. The lag in time was due to the sheer amount of requests.

In those first 24,199 pages of e-mails, reporters found similar complaints about how her family life was under a magnifying glass. The messages painted a portrait of an ambitious politician with disdain for the press and was irritated by questions about government decisions and expenses, from using state finances for family trips to that tanning bed in the governor’s house.

The e-mail archives, however, end in September 2008, before Palin dropped out of office to become a sharp-tongued pundit. The newly released records span from October 2008 to Palin’s resignation as governor in July 2009.

The entire Associated Press article can be read here.


12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. WakeUpAmerica
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 20:17:54

    Single, wealthy, or corrupt? Well, two out of three ain’t bad.


  2. Beaglemom
    Feb 25, 2012 @ 04:29:50

    For eight years we in Michigan had a woman governor. But Jennifer Granholm was everything Sarah Palin isn’t — intelligent, well-educated, capable, etc. The Granholms have three children who went through their teen-age years while living in Lansing Michigan. Two are now college graduates and the youngest is now in college or about to be. No one in Michigan, other than the First Family’s personal friends heard anything about the children. Their private lives were protected by their parents. Oh, and the governor’s husband did not take part in governing the state. About the only time anyone saw the whole family in public was on the annual Christmas card and I don’t know if the family appeared each year. I’m sure that other states have had woman governors and that, like Jennifer Granholm’s in Michigan, their families did not suffer for it. I have no sympathy for Sarah Palin.


  3. Margaret
    Feb 25, 2012 @ 09:07:15

    She chose to have a private lawyer, did she not? The State would have paid the legal bills. Also, didn’t the REPUB PARTY pay part of them?


    • akrnc
      Feb 26, 2012 @ 14:50:03

      The RNC paid her over $500k for work she did in soliciting donations for them. What a patriot she is! Was this a discount rate for the RNC? No matter what it was, it’s suspicious.


  4. brbr2424
    Feb 25, 2012 @ 09:25:10

    She could have tried to conduct herself in a professional and ethical manner and there would have been few complaints. But alas, that is not who Sarah Palin is. I doubt she is even smart enough to understand the concept of ethics.


    • KatzKids
      Feb 25, 2012 @ 21:37:51

      She wants what she wants regardless of the legalities of what she wants. She’s been “above” the law so far, and continues to get away with it thanks to Parnell and her cronies/appointees who are still in his administration. Sullivan (Mayor), Chief Mew of APD still waltz to her edicts. Corruption in AK continues….


  5. readacted to prevent retribution
    Feb 25, 2012 @ 10:57:23

    The legal bills is a curious thing to be obsessing about. She should have had the Department of Law at her disposal.

    Usually the employer will provide legal representation to the employee for legal matters resulting from employment related matters. One example is the Thoma v. PPalin lawsuit where the citizens of Alaska are paying part of the bill even though Sarah has quit and is no longer an officer of the state. She was the governor when whatever alleged acts allegedly happened.

    In general terms many articles available online report that employers will not defend illegal acts by their employees, and or acts which occurred outside their work duties.
    In some other articles one may read that employees may not trust legal representation paid for by someone else to represent them, when the best interests of the employer and employee may not be the same. They way many of these articles seem to read: If the bus needs more traction,any employees along for the ride on the bus would be smart to have their own legal representation.

    I was unable to find many articles specifically dealing with cases where a northern star (or a queen ester) goes supernova in a self stoked conflagration of paranoia retribution and refudiation.


  6. Dis Gusted
    Feb 25, 2012 @ 11:11:45

    Stupid Palin shouldn’t have filed the ethics complaint against herself. It cost more than all the other ethics complaints combined. What a sore loser.


  7. Mollie
    Feb 25, 2012 @ 14:46:23

    She was such a sorry excuse for a politician. Whine, whine, whine…”poor me”…she spent more time in those emails complaining than governing. Thank goodness her star has burned out. So sick of hearing of her. I notice the press doesn’t even really care about this batch, because she simply doesn’t blip the radar like she used to.


  8. climber357
    Feb 26, 2012 @ 09:16:32

    The more I learn about Sarah, the more I am left with the overall impression of a drama queen who constantly demanded someone come running to change her diaper. It was always full.


  9. sunnymill
    Feb 29, 2012 @ 09:24:31

    I have several emails which I sent to Palin as Gov which are not in the release. The records retention guidelines, updated in Jan 2009, do not require the retention of non-record emails.

    “Non-Record E-mail
    E-mail, attachments, text and instant messages that are not “records” as defined in AS 40.21.150 (6) may be destroyed immediately. Non-record communications include those of a transitory nature primarily generated for informal transmission of information, not the perpetuation or formalization of knowledge. [Refer also to Item 76, Transitory & Miscellaneous Administrative Information.] Personal messages constitute non-records as they are not “accounts” or “writings” “developed or received by a public agency,” and are not “preserved for their informational value or as evidence of the organization or operation of the public agency” under AS 40.25.110.”

    People are assuming that all emails were retained, when in fact personal and “of transitory nature” could have been deleted at the time, or at any time, by Palin and her staff.


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