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Alaska Inquiry Finds that Sarah Palin Abused Powers

An investigation by the Alaska Legislature, released this evening, concluded that Sarah Palin abused the powers of the office of Governor of Alaska by pressuring subordinates with the goal of getting her ex-brother-in-law State Trooper Michael Wooton fired. The 236-page report, at the center of "Troopergate," also found that she was within her powers when she dismissed the public safety commissioner, who was the boss of the ex-brother-in-law.

The report, which could now have national implications, holds that Palin violated the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act when she exerted pressure, and when she allowed her husband to do so, too. It states:

Such impermissible and repeated contacts create conflicts of interests for subordinate employees who must choose to either please a superior or run the risk of facing that superior’s displeasure and the possible consequences of that displeasure.

The legal and political implications of the report are uncertain. The Alaska legislature could censure Palin, and US voters may question the McCain campaign's characterization of Palin as a reformer.


Imabeliever Imabeliever 9 years
Todd had an official job at the time with BP oil in a non-management position as a production operator... I think he still does he is just on a leave of absence for her campaign. He also is a fisherman as apparent by his 2007 financial statements. He does not have any official capacity in his wifes administration and yet.... a columnist for the Anchorage Daily News, said that Palin "obviously plays an important role ... I've seen him in the governor's office, and I know she's conducted interviews in the governor's office with him present." Palin is copied on e-mails dealing with official state business. He helped write the state budget, has been involved in personnel matters, and has called lawmakers when he or his wife have disagreed with what they have done. So.. will he be the shadow VP as well as the shadow governor?
azulsky azulsky 9 years
Bottom line imo is she DID abuse her power, misuse her subordinates and allowed her husband (a non-elected official) to use the power the public in-trusted to her (not him) to get her brother-in-law fired. Trooper Wooten still has his job and the and still gets to see his kids, so the Alaskan court system must also disagree with her family. IMO the reason she hasn't been at the very least censured is because the Republicans on the board and out voted the democrats on the board. Something needs to happen because she has a habit of taking private matters and using her public held offices to further her personal vendettas with people who oppose her.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Todd is Sarah's assistant, in the same way that Monica was Clinton's "assistant" ;)
stephley stephley 9 years
If Todd's her paid assistant than he was pursuing a personal issue on state time. If he's first dude helping out his wife, he shouldn't have been in her state office.
ceej ceej 9 years
Her assistant is Ivy Frye, Todd's her dude, remember?
Adrenalynn75 Adrenalynn75 9 years
Todd is Sarah's assistant? huh?
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
Isn't he her assistant? As such wouldn't he have a desk and a phone? And an office in her building? I think we need to step back a bit here and make sure we're not looking into things that aren't there.
Imabeliever Imabeliever 9 years What the Troopergate Report Really Says By Nathan Thornburgh/Anchorage snippet of the article Another amateurish sign: Todd Palin's outsize role in the mess. Branchflower said it was out of his jurisdiction to pass judgment on the First Gentleman, but his report paints an extralegal role for Todd Palin that would have made the Hillary Clinton of 1992 blush. In the report, the head of Gov. Palin's security detail says that Todd spent about half of his time in the governor's office — not at a desk (he didn't have one), but at a long conference table on one side of the office, with his own phone to make and receive calls. It became a shadow office, the informal Department of Getting Mike Wooten Fired. It was at that long table that Todd Palin first scheduled a meeting with Walt Monegan, days after his wife's administration began. He showed Monegan three huge binders of evidence against Wooten, including a picture of a dead moose that had been shot illegally. After Monegan came back saying that there was no new actionable information, Todd began a very visible campaign of stewing and fuming, trying to get access to personnel files, calling up and down the Public Safety org chart.
nadiap nadiap 9 years
What is it the Bible say about throwing Stones? If you want to find the definition of hypocrites just look up Republicans. straight up pharissees. All week long I've watched Miss Palin and John McCain incite hate at their ralleys by implying that Obama has been "palling around with a domestic terrorist". He's a Muslim. He's an Arab. He's not patriotic. He does not support the troops according to Cindy Mccain (Never mind Her husband DIDN'T VOTE for the bill she referred to either, but who cares right? Obama is the one on trial here.) They even had a uniformed officer in Florida tell the crowd the Horror of waking up November 5th and hear Barrack HUSSEIN Obama as your president. The constant chant was "who's Obama really"? That's code for "he's not one of us. Pssssst He's Black" I've even heard McCain said? It's a question of judgement and character. AS IF! Then their rethoric start getting the reponse it inevitably was designed for. People in the crowds booing, yelling "Terrorist" Kill him" etc. Why am I not surprized? Like many conservatives Palin and Mccain would have us believe she and Mccain are God loving Christians who don't associate with shady characters and possess great character and judgement. NOT.
dreamsugar dreamsugar 9 years
I wonder if she stayed to watch the game or was it just a photo opp?
dreamsugar dreamsugar 9 years
Man -- thats embarrassing!!! Too bad for the kids too. Man those hockey guys are pretty damm hott -- I need to watch hockey WAY more.
stephley stephley 9 years
The booing was kind of sad because the little girl was there - I really feel for that kid.
Adrenalynn75 Adrenalynn75 9 years
Sarah Palin boo'd tonight at the Philly Flyers Opening night Hockey Game! Hear as they had to increase the volume of the music to drown out the boos! Not to mention, can see 2 Obama/Biden posters hanging in the background.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
i gotcha dream! :)
dreamsugar dreamsugar 9 years
Haus-- I know what you said and that wasn't directed at you. But it does seem to be the general notion that while what she did was unethical -- it's ok because no laws were broken.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
I dont know if anything would get done with a hottie like Angie as Pres! :)
Mesayme Mesayme 9 years
"I don't want politicians making bad choices just because they too benefit from the outcome.' said a mouthful sweetie. Basically, we should just elect Oprah at this point because that particular quote includes every single one of them. :shrug: Although I'd elect Angie Jolie because then the characters she's played ie. Laura Croft and Mrs. Smith would make a much better bully than Palin and Maverick. ;) ;)
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
And as far as shady dealings, there are shady dealings in Obama's past, the only difference is his past is 2 years long. Anybody can be good for a short amount of time. And as noted before, if the decision you make is the right decision but it effects you in a positive way, then it equals an ethics violation? I don't think so. I don't want politicians making bad choices just because they too benefit from the outcome.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
dream - if you read my comments i never let her off the hook. but saying what she did is illegal is not the case, the investigation didn't say what she did was illegal. if they think her ethics violation might be illegal they have to start a whole new case to prove that, and how can they prove that she told her husband to do that? did he testify that she told him? i wouldn't think so. so really this will not go on, this charge will be left here.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Ok, but when did she do this? Did it start in 2005? I do agree that there shouldn't have been any calls made from Palin's husband especially after she took office as Governor. There is definitely the appearance of unethical, but not illegal conversations.
janneth janneth 9 years
I believe that Palin wanted the trooper fired and unemployed. That way, her sister would be granted custody.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
I'm confused. When were the calls made? Where was she when she called for harsher penalties for the "father of the year?" Were they made after the divorce, or during?
janneth janneth 9 years
Question: does anybody think that McCain rues the day he let Rove into his inner circle??
janneth janneth 9 years
What a dangerous combo: a bully in lipstick, and a hothead. Just what we need in this worrisome time for our country. Just the finesse that will guide us along the right path.
Adrenalynn75 Adrenalynn75 9 years
What's sad is both McCain and Palin were both found behaving badly and were called out for it by elected officials. McCain and his relationship with Keating being questioned by the Senate Ethics Committee. And Palin and her involvement in Troopergate and the bipartisan Alaska leadership going ahead and setting this investigation in motion and then releasing the damaging findings to the public. Yet McCain/Palin will continue to call for Obama to explain his association with Rezco, Wright and Ayers. Yet no Senate hearings were held for his involvement with any of them. Nor was any elected officials been asked to vote for an investigation into any wrongdoing or abuse of power. They call themselves Reformers/Mavericks and tell people to look at their records and not rhetoric. Maybe they should look in the mirror first.
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