Diary

Palin vs Wooten

There have been a lot of outrages attacks on Sarih Palin, at the same time many in the Republican circles seem to think that Sarih is a combination of Snow White and Ronald Reagan.

However, I prefer to do my own research. The issue that concerns me the most is the TrooperGate. Below is chrononigical list of events. Its obvious not complete but it is as good as I can make it. I have determined not to comment much so that the reader can make up their own mind.

Sarih Palin gives Reference for Wooten (Before Sarih’s Sister Divorce)http://extras.mnginteractive.com/live/media/site163/2008/0721/20080721111415PalinLetterofRecomend.pdf

I have witnessed Mike’s gift of calm and kindness towards many young kids here in Wasilla. I have never seen him raise his voice, nor lose patience, nor become aggitated in the presence of any child. Instead, Mike consistently remains a fine role model for my own children, and other young people in Wasilla.I believe the United States Air Force has been fortunate to have the services of Mike these past 10 years. His work ethic, his American Patriotism, his obvious dedication to traditional values, and his strong faith in God and truth is witnessed in Mike’s everyday living.

Monegan fired by Palin’shttp://www.adn.com/politics/story/463340.html

Gov. Sarah Palin appointed Walt Monegan as commissioner of public safety shortly after her election in 2006. On Friday, Palin’s chief of staff told Monegan he was being replaced.
The news came “out of the blue,” said Monegan, a former Anchorage police chief.
“If the governor was upset with me for one thing or another, it had never been communicated to me,” he said in an interview Saturday evening.
The big question — why?

Palin denies accusation over firing of Moneganhttp://www.adn.com/politics/story/468174.html

A feud within the family of Gov. Sarah Palin spilled into the public Thursday with accusations she tried to get a state trooper fired and she then fired the trooper’s boss because he wouldn’t act on her request
In an interview Thursday, Palin vigorously denied that her dismissal last week of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan had anything to do with her dislike of state trooper Mike Wooten, her sister’s ex-husband
“To allege that I, or any member of my family, requested, received or released confidential personnel information on an Alaska State Trooper, or directed disciplinary action be taken against any employee of the Department of Public Safety, is, quite simply, outrageous,” Palin said
Later in the day, a spokesman for the troopers’ labor union, the Public Safety Employees Association, held a press conference saying Wooten has been unfairly targeted by the governor’s family
The spokesman, John Cyr, also released a several-inch-thick file of the troopers’ own investigation into charges from Palin, her husband, Todd, and other members of her family that Wooten committed unethical and illegal acts, which they said included drunken driving and illegal hunting
The charges were made in 2005, as Wooten and Palin’s sister were divorcing and before Palin ran for governor. They concerned Wooten’s behavior in the preceding years. The acrimony continues today.
For the most part, trooper investigators found that the accusations were unsubstantiated, but in at least two cases — Wooten’s illegally killing of a moose in 2003 and his Tasering of his 11-year-old stepson — were confirmed. The troopers later disciplined him for them.
Wooten and Palin’s younger sister, Molly McCann, initiated their divorce in 2005 and finalized it that same year. But their case remains open as they battle over the couple’s two young children, child support and visitation rights.
Sarah and Todd Palin became involved after the couple separated.Palin was protective of her sister, according to court documents
Regarding the Taser, Cyr said Wooten was teaching the child about what if feels like to be hit by the stun gun.
On Thursday, the governor held little regard for the trooper. She and her husband said they do not believe Wooten has what it takes to be a state cop.
Monegan says he was pressured to fire cophttp://www.adn.com/politics/story/469135.html

Former Department of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan on Friday said that since Gov. Sarah Palin took office, members of her administration and family pressured him to fire a Palmer Alaska State Trooper to whom her sister was involved in a bitter child custody battle
Monegan said phone calls and questions from the Palin administration and the governor’s husband, Todd Palin, about trooper Mike Wooten started shortly after Monegan was hired and continued up to one or two months ago.
The governor herself also had a brief conversation with him about Wooten in February, Monegan said.
But Monegan says pressure came from those around Palin, including former Palin chief-of-staff Mike Tibbles, Department of Administration Commissioner Annette Kreitzer, and director of boards and commissions Frank Bailey
“They weren’t getting the message.” Monegan said. “The fact that they tried for better than a year while I was there is kind of indicative that somebody was trying to pressure something. Because they were trying different venues and different people.
Todd Palin called a meeting with Monegan to specifically talk about Wooten shortly after his wife took office in December 2006, Todd Palin said on Friday
Todd Palin showed Monegan the work of a private investigator the Palins hired. The Palins accused Wooten of drunken driving, illegal hunting and child abuse, among other charges.
Bailey was the latest to contact him about Wooten. He called a trooper commander, and several others, before the calls ended up in Monegan’s lap. Monegan called him back.Lawmakers may look into Monegan firinghttp://www.adn.com/news/alaska/story/469137.html

State legislators are talking about hiring a special investigator to dig into the circumstances surrounding Gov. Sarah Palin’s firing of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan.
“That’s the only thing I can think of, if you want to get to the truth and be unbiased,” said Senate President Lyda Green, a Wasilla Republican. “Otherwise, speculation just continues.”
Senate Judiciary chairman Hollis French said he agrees with Green that “there is a problem in the (Palin) administration” and legislators should look into the firing

Legislators vote to have independent investigator look into controversial firing.http://www.adn.com/monegan/story/478090.html

Alaska legislators on Monday voted to spend up to $100,000 to investigate Gov. Sarah Palin’s controversial firing of former state Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan.
The decision came from the Legislative Council, a bipartisan panel of state senators and representatives.
On Monday, the council voted 12-0 to spend up to $100,000 “to investigate the circumstances and events surrounding the termination of former Public Safety Commissioner Monegan, and potential abuses of power and/or improper actions by members of the executive branch.”
Supporters as well as detractors of the Republican governor generally agreed the legislative investigation is needed into the circumstances leading up to Monegan’s dismissalBombshell in commissioner controversyhttp://www.ktva.com/ci_10195264

after weeks of denying she, or anyone from her office, pressured former Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan to fire state trooper Michael Wooten, Wednesday, Governor Sarah Palin had to backtrack.
She admitted a member of her administration had made calls that could be perceived as pressure. On Wednesday afternoon Governor Palin released a recording of a phone call that she says she was just made aware of.
specifically, most disturbing, is a telephone recording apparently made by the troopers and preserved documenting a call that was placed to the Dept. of Public Safety manager by my boards and commissioners director Frank Bailey.
Now that entire conversation was over twenty minutes long. The phone call was between Frank Bailey and Trooper Rodney Dial who was at the time the legislative liaison for the state troopers
“There is a gentleman by the name of Mike Wooten who is a trooper in the Valley,” said Bailey to Dial. “There is a family tie with the Governor there. And because of that, my understanding is that Walt has been very reluctant to take any action. But there is some very clear facts out there.”
Bailey continues to say, “So you just got some inside on the other stuff. It’s going to be interesting. The general feeling is we don’t know why this guy is still working.”
Palin has said there was at least 24 phone calls made to the Department of Public Safety by at least six members of her staff, including one by her husband Todd.

Despite VP nomination, Palin investigation continueshttp://www.ktva.com/ci10339580?source=mostviewed

Trooper in Palin probe tells his sidehttp://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/09/05/palin.trooper/index.html?eref=rss_topstories

Mike Wooten, Palin’s former brother-in-law, also denies some of the biggest allegations against him, including drinking while driving.
“I made mistakes. I fessed up to them. I was punished appropriately, and I’m moving on,” said Wooten, 36, who went through a long, messy divorce and custody battle with Palin’s sister.
Speaking Thursday to CNN’s Drew Griffin and Kathleen Johnston, Wooten gave his account of the Taser incident but denied ever drinking while driving.

He said that he was a new Taser instructor, and his stepson was asking him about the equipment. “I didn’t shoot him with live, you know, actual live cartridge,” Wooten said.

Instead, he said, he hooked his stepson up to a training aid “with little clips. And, you know, the Taser was activated for less than a second, which would be less than what you would get if you touched an electric fence. … It was as safe as I could possibly make it.”
He said his stepson was on the living room floor surrounded by pillows, that he “was bragging about it,” and that the family laughed about it.

Asked whether it was a dumb decision, Wooten told CNN, “absolutely.”,

The 2006 report called the incident an example of “extremely poor judgment,” and noted that he has been trained in “the risks associated with use of the weapon on a child.”
The father of three, who was married four times, told CNN, “I’m trying to move on and be the best dad I can to my children. Be the best trooper that I can be. You know, I love my job. I love this state.”