Diary

Defense Package -- Frivolous Ethics Complaint Against Governor Palin

Following is the complete text of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s press release on a frivolous ethics complaint filed against her:

“[On March 24, 2009, Alaska] Governor Sarah Palin issued the following statement in response to another ethics complaint filed today. Filed by an Anchorage political blogger, the complaint alleges the [G]overnor “… improperly used her position and state resources to serve her personal financial interests by being a walking billboard for Arctic Cat …”

“Are Alaskans outraged, or at least tired of this yet – another frivolous ethics charge by a political blogger? This would be hilarious if it weren’t so expensive for the state to process these accusations and for me to defend against these bogus harassments. Yes, I wore Arctic Cat snow gear at an outdoor event, because it was cold outside, and by the way, today, I am wearing clothes bearing the names of Alaska artists, and a Glennallen Panthers basketball hoodie. I am a walking billboard for the team’s fundraiser! Should I expect to see an ethics charge for wearing these, or the Carhartts I wear to many public events? How much will this blogger’s asinine political grandstanding cost all of us in time and money?”

Commentary

One of the beautiful things about Governor Palin: she does not practice circumlocution, does not mince words, and does not use mealy-mouthed weasel words. She says it as it is. Refreshing.

Governor Palin was spot on in her press release pertaining to this complaint. The Governor is locked in a war with political rivals who are using these frivolous complaints as a means of harassing her and her administration. The intent is to render her ineffective by diverting time and resources to answering these allegations; and to drive a wedge between Governor Palin and her supporters.

Pertinent to the material basis of the allegation — Governor Palin did wear an Arctic Cat branded coat at the Iron Dog race. Her husband, Todd Palin is a professional snow machine racer. Arctic Cat sponsored him. It would have been unethical NOT to wear their gear. When a racer (be it snow machines, cars, or motorcycles) is sponsored — as they all are, one of the expectations of such sponsorship is wearing gear at the event promoting the sponsor. It is only right, and Governor Palin did the right thing acknowledging her husband’s sponsor.

This part of a pattern of a unique type of parochialism in Alaska regarding job duties and an absolute wall between a job and anything else. She was present at that race both as Governor and as a wife. What exactly did this complainant want? For Governor Palin to strip off her wedding ring, pretend to be single, wear a nondescript coat, and not acknowledge her husband’s presence at this race? Is this complainant on drugs or mentally ill? Governor Palin routinely appears at sporting events, since both she and her family are athletically inclined. Governor Palin is starting to travel more and — we hope — at some point, she will run for POTUS in 2012. There is no conflict of interest between being Governor and being a wife, despite the complainant’s attempt to invent one.

The people who file these frivolous complaints would probably like to have their Governor tied to her desk with a ball and chain and maybe a millstone around her neck for good measure. They need to grow up and accept reality. The Governor is going to travel. She is going to be involved in national politics. She is going to appear at sporting events wearing team and sponsor gear. And, she may very well run for POTUS in 2012 and — gasp — actually do some campaigning while still holding her gubernatorial office — just like governors of other states have done before her; just like two senators did last year, one of whom is still senator, and one of whom took a job he is grossly unqualified for.

References

Governor comments on latest bogus ethics complaint. (2009, March 24). State of Alaska, Governor. Retrieved March 25, 2009 from: http://www.gov.state.ak.us/news.php?id=1723