Democrats are trying to play up the allegation that Gov. Sarah Palin acted inappropriately in the firing of a State Trooper who threatened her family.
For perspective, imagine if the target of Trooper Wooten’s actions had been someone other than the Governor’s family.
Lets assume that a State Trooper, who has no family relationship with the Governor, drives his patrol car while drunk, tasers his own son and threatens to kill his ex-wife’s father. The Governor becomes aware of this conduct through media reports or court documents and must decide what action to take.
Would it be appropriate for the Governor to simply ignore the problem and hope he doesn’t kill anyone? Most reasonable people would demand that their Governor take action to remove a Trooper who had become unstable and violent.
If Governor Palin had not pushed for this rogue cop to be fired, and he had killed someone, would any of us accept “he was my brother in law” as an acceptable excuse?
The obvious answer is no.
It’s important to remember that the investigation is not being persued by any law enforcement body in Alaska. It is not being investigated by a grand jury or state prosecutors office. The investigation is being led by the Alaska state legislature.
Given the endemic corruption in Alaska state government, and how hard Gov. Palin has been fighting against it, is it any wonder that they would be looking for a little payback?
When a corrupt system attacks you, you’re probably doing something right.