Friday, August 29, 2008

Wrong Again

Just one month ago our mainstream media had all but scratched Sarah Palin off the Veep list because of ethical questions raised when she allegedly tried to get her sister's husband fired while the couple was embroiled in a bitter divorce. When the state's Public Safety Commissioner refused, so the story goes, Palin fired him instead. The Washington Post’s blog on July 31 had this:
McCain-Palin ticket hits Alaska iceberg

Palin has some awesome popularity ratings with Alaskan voters, something above 80 percent.

But now Palin is also caught up in a probe of her official conduct that probably nixes whatever long-shot chance she had to be on the McCain ticket. After all, she's only been a governor for two years.

Questions have arisen over whether Palin used her office to try and fire her ex brother-in-law from a state trooper's position. Palin asserts the charge is untrue but the Alaska Senate this week approved the hiring of an independent investigator to look into the charges.

Oh well, so much for that.

According to Bloomberg News, the investigation of Palin is still active:

Aug. 29 (Bloomberg) -- Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's appeal as a corruption-fighting outsider may be undercut by a legislative probe of her conduct in a personnel case.


The Alaska Legislature voted last month to investigate allegations that Palin dismissed the state's public safety commissioner after the commissioner resisted pressure to fire a state trooper involved in a contentious divorce from Palin's sister.

The legislature has hired a former district attorney to investigate the case and asked him to issue a report by Oct. 31 - - just before the Nov. 4 general election, state Senator Hollis French said in an interview.

Palin fired the public safety commissioner, Walt Monegan, on July 11. Several days later, Monegan said he had been pressured by members of Palin's administration and family to fire state trooper Mike Wooten, according to the Anchorage Daily News.

Well, with the report due four days before the presidential election, three guesses what it’s going to say. Compared to doctoring Bush's National Guard records, this fix should be easy.