When the twitter of Sarah Palin’s name started lilting through the somewhat dull aftermath of what I am certain the Obama camp believes plunged the cork into the proverbial presidential bottle… I began to google Mrs. Palin with the same (albeit more out of trepidation than enthusiasm) “dirt digging” determination with which I would vet any potential leader of my country.
The first thing (… actually… the ONLY thing) I have uncovered is that the Alaska Legislature has hired Steve Branchflower to investigate Palin and her staff for possible abuse of power surrounding the dismissal of Public Safety Commissioner Walter Monegan.
On July 11, 2008, Palin dismissed Monegan and offered him a position as executive director of the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. He, of course, turned down the offer.
Palin’s power to fire Monegan is not in dispute. But the former (Good Ole’ Boy?) Public Safety Commissioner alleged that his dismissal may have been an abuse of power tied to his reluctance to fire Palin’s former brother-in law, an Alaska State Trooper named Mike Wooten, who had been involved in a divorce and child custody battle with Palin’s sister, Molly McCann.
At a Public Safety Employees Association press conference held in mid-July (a press conference, which Wooten himself oddly did not attend), the (Good Ole’ Boys)union said that it would continue to support him. Wooten (who is so confident of his innocence refused to attend a forum where he could defend himself) has asked the public to read his investigative papers and judge the matter for themselves.
Included in the packet issued by Wooten is a letter written by Palin in which she suggests that many consider Wooten a “ticking time-bomb”.
In 2006, before Palin was governor, Wooten was suspended for 10 days for threatening to kill McCann’s (and Palin’s) father, tasering his 11-year-old stepson, drinking beer in his squad car, and violating game laws. (Were these the “investigative papers Wooten suggested the public read in order to judge for themselves…? Or were those some OTHER investigative papers…?)
After a union (Good Ole’ Boys) protest, the suspension was reduced to five days.
Palin stands by her claims that having several of her family members threatened by Wooten had nothing to do with Monegan’s firing. Monegan, she insists, was dismissed for not adequately filling state trooper vacancies, and because he “did not turn out to be a team player on budgeting issues.”In other words, he was fired for not doing his job.Go figure.
Sounds to me like Obama and Biden have some serious reasons to be skeered…particularly Biden, who drew the short straw and will have to face her in a debate.It’s gonna be a bit tough on his big-fat-ego, “comparing IQs” and gittin’ his (Good Ole’ Boy) butt kicked on national television… by a girl…