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Palin offers ‘Troopergate’ details

September 3, 2008

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— John McCain's running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, has asked the state's personnel board to review allegations that she improperly ordered the firing of the former public safety commissioner.

The move, which her office announced Tuesday, aims to blunt a probe already ordered by the state legislature. Palin is accused of firing Walt Monegan for failing to dismiss a trooper who went through a messy divorce with Palin's sister before she was governor.

In 2005, before Palin ran for office, the Palin family accused Trooper Mike Wooten of drinking beer in his patrol car, illegally shooting a moose and firing a Taser at his 11-year-old stepson. Palin and her husband, Todd, also claimed Wooten threatened to kill Sarah Palin's father. Wooten, who hasn't returned numerous phone calls left by The Associated Press this week, was suspended over the allegations for five days in 2006 but still has his job.

In July, the legislature launched a $100,000 investigation into whether Palin abused her power in firing Monegan. The Alaska attorney general's office hired Anchorage attorney Thomas Van Flein to represent Palin and members of her staff in this investigation.

The new filing was accompanied by a 13-page accounting of Palin's version of the events, denying any abuse of power. Palin's attorney has long contended that the investigation belonged in the personnel system and not the legislature.

"We fully welcome a fair inquiry into these allegations, and believe that the Personnel Board is statutorily mandated to oversee these proceedings," Stephen Branchflower, the legislature's attorney, said in a letter Monday.

Van Flein is representing Palin both personally and in her official capacity as governor.

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Confrontation 6 years, 2 months ago

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Orwell 6 years, 2 months ago

Somehow the AP writer neglected to mention who appoints the Alaska personnel board. Can you guess?Surprise! They're appointed by the governor! Wonder why she wants the investigation to be done by that body instead of the more independently chosen (and majority Republican) Legislature.Real Mavericky job of vetting, there, Johnny. Can't wait to see who you'd appoint to staff your administration.

alm77 6 years, 2 months ago

Am I reading this right? She fired the public safety commissioner because he knew of the trooper's misconduct, but did nothing about it and we're supposed to be upset? I don't care if it was her brother-in-law (Alaska has the population of Austin TX, it's not surprising they would know each other), you would think that she was doing her job. Had she let both men retain their jobs and look the other way over this misconduct, they'd be stringing her high for that too.

Eric Neuteboom 6 years, 2 months ago

I don't know about anyone else, but this sentence, "drinking beer in his patrol car, illegally shooting a moose and firing a Taser at his 11-year-old stepson" sure makes me miss Northern Exposure!

a_flock_of_jayhawks 6 years, 2 months ago

alm77 (Anonymous) says:"Am I reading this right? She fired the public safety commissioner because he knew of the trooper's misconduct, but did nothing about it and we're supposed to be upset?"Apparently you have not read it correctly. She made the allegations. He was suspended for 5 days, who knows why, maybe while internal affairs investigated. Still has his job. She apparently asked the public safety commissioner at that time to fire him. Apparently, he refused. So, she fired him. So, apparently, she wanted to be accuser, judge, jury, and executioner on Wooten. It wasn't enough to accuse him and let the system / due process take care of it from there.The public safety commissioner may have believed that, if he had fired him, that he would have been held accountable in court or the personnel board for it. Now, due to her own actions, she will be the one held accountable.Bottom line, if this guy was such a trouble-maker, he probably would have offed himself from the job without any help from her. So, she doesn't know when to stop. Sounds like a problem that our current VP has, too (remember Plame?).

BigDog 6 years, 2 months ago

Or it could be that you've spent so much time looking at others ..... you've ignored your own house

BigDog 6 years, 2 months ago

Why have these stories from this last week been ignored?Biden's Son, Brother Named in Two Fraud Suitshttp://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/23/AR2008082302200.htmlLA Times: Biden Son, Brother Invested With Firm That Lobbied Himhttp://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/08/27/politics/politico/thecrypt/main4390659.shtml

Confrontation 6 years, 2 months ago

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Bob Forer 6 years, 2 months ago

Screed, I am not a democrat nor a campfollower. Just an American who believes in Democracy. I despite both Bill and Hillary, and didn't vote for either. And although I do not agree with everything Obama has to say, I am not only voting for Obama, but will send him money and intend to volunteer. The reason: not only is there there is a modicum of decency surrounding Barack and Joe, but GI Joe and Barbie Doll in office will simply continue the past eight tragic years of American History. No Way. No How. No McCain.

a_flock_of_jayhawks 6 years, 2 months ago

screedposter says,"How is that apparent?"Well, do you have any other realistic idea about how that might have come about? Didn't think so.

a_flock_of_jayhawks 6 years, 2 months ago

BigDog (Anonymous) says:"Why have these stories from this last week been ignored?"Maybe it's because the RNC has been so, uh, riveting!

a_flock_of_jayhawks 6 years, 2 months ago

OldEnuf, agree, in part. The motive is bad, she should have used better judgement and backed off, especially when another state official advised them to. As the state's top executive officer, there is no doubt that she should have known better than to attempt to involve politics into personnel matters, especially in the way she did. As the commish advised her, her misguided efforts could have put them in a position where, even if he had committed a terminable offense, they might have been forced to keep the bad apple because he could clearly and successfully claim before a court or the personnel board that there was political interference.

a_flock_of_jayhawks 6 years, 2 months ago

Well, it's pretty common for a party to want to focus media attention on them and the RNC is taking place this week, so naturally they are going to want to drum up publicity and attention on the convention. You've got to admit that Palin has really stolen the media spotlight. The only news item that put it on the back burner briefly was Hurricane Gustav.

coltrane 6 years, 2 months ago

who did you expect MC CAIN to pick Jane Fonda ?

jaywalker 6 years, 2 months ago

Check out Confrontation! That's pretty impressive typing for a three year old!Troopergate? Couldn't think of something a little more trite to tag this non-story with?

coltrane 6 years, 2 months ago

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a_flock_of_jayhawks 6 years, 2 months ago

Jaycrawler,TPM = Talking Points MemoIf that source is too biased for you, read the Anchorage Daily News. I rarely need to cite sources - you folks should be able to research on your own - so my citation is hardly typical. Nice way to make yourself look like a tool by jumping to conclusions, incorrect ones at that. Try thinking for yourself for once.

Bob Forer 6 years, 2 months ago

THE REPUBLICAN PARTY'S OWN PEGGY NOONAN SAYS "ITS OVER" Who is Peggy Noonan? She is one of a handful of the nationally known conservative pundits who has brain, brawn experience, stature and respect.She is an author of seven books on politics, religion and culture, a weekly columnist for The Wall Street Journal, and was a primary speech writer and Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan. She is considered a political conservative.Five of Noonan's books have been New York Times bestsellers. Noonan is a Trustee of the Manhattan Institute. She has been awarded honorary doctorates from Miami University, St. John Fisher College, her alma mater Fairleigh Dickinson University, Adelphi College, and Saint Francis College. She was nominated for Emmy Awards for her work on The West Wing and America: A Tribute to Heroes.Anyway, she was on an NBC segment with Mike Todd today, and after she was finished speaking, her microphone remained "hot" and she continued to speak with the other guest, Republican consultant Mike Murphy. As some of you may know, satellite feeds remain live, and since the microphone remained on, and was apparently recorded by someone, you can clearly hear the continued conversation. She trashes both McCain and Palin. Calls it "political bullsh*it." and laments that "its over." Very telling, as it is a very candid and intellectually honest, and it comes from a well respected conservative. The fact that it is her private thoughts, and not public spin makes it even more credible.Here is the link to the Yahoo story which contains a video of the broadcast and Noonan's after-broadcast comments. INCREDIBLE. PRICELESS You have to hear and see it to believe it. http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/200809 ... tico/20576So, to you conservative posters who insist that Palin is perfect and that you're gonna "whup us" in November, I suggest that you reconsider your mindless, camp follower ways, and start thinking for yourselves like you leaders are doing (at least privately). Fascists and communists are known as mindless camp followers. Americans, on the other hand, have a noble tradition of venerating the highest ideals of independent thought and Constitutional Democracy. So, to you posters who continue to brag how "perfect" Palin is, and how you're gonna "whup us," think again, and please, take some advice: Shut up (you're only embarrassing yourself), cowboy up, and get over it. According to one of your trusted leaders. "ITS OVER"!!

Flap Doodle 6 years, 2 months ago

Realx, coltrane, have a popsicle. It's a cool and fruity treat on a hot summer day.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 6 years, 2 months ago

It really just comes down to her ability to demonstrate that this was "administration" and not "family's dirty laundry". It's not her actions that are at stake as much as the motive assigned to those actions.

dagopman 6 years, 2 months ago

Sarah Palin is a breath of fresh air in this day of stale politicians!

a_flock_of_jayhawks 6 years, 2 months ago

OK, doubting Thomas, er, screed.From TPM:"Palin, her husband and several members of her staff began pressuring Public Safety Commissioner, Walt Monegan -- a respected former Chief of the Anchorage police department -- to can Wooten. Monegan resisted, arguing that the official process regarding Wooten was closed. And there was nothing more that could be done. In fact, during one of the conversations in which Palin's husband Todd was putting on the squeeze, Monegan told Todd Palin, "You can't head hunt like this. What you need to do is back off, because if the trooper does make a mistake, and it is a terminable offense, it can look like political interference."

a_flock_of_jayhawks 6 years, 2 months ago

There's more. "The Attorney General's investigation quickly turned up evidence that Palin's initial denials were false. Multiple members of her staff had raised Wooten's employment with Monegan. Indeed, the state police had a recording of one of her deputies pushing Monegan to fire Wooten. That evidence forced Palin to change her story. Palin said that this was the first she'd heard of it and insisted the deputy wasn't acting at her behest, even though the trascript of the recorded call clearly suggested that he was. (Hear the audio here.)Just yesterday, Monegan gave an interview to the Washington Post in which he said that not only Palin's aides, but Palin's husband and Palin herself had repeatedly raised the Wooten issue with him and pressured him to fire him. And now he says he has emails that Palin sent him about the matter."

a_flock_of_jayhawks 6 years, 2 months ago

So, screed, why does it take a few gallons of purple paint dumped down your shorts for you to figure out that the paint is purple?

Confrontation 6 years, 2 months ago

Whatever you do, don't use the word "fetus." The LJ-World will delete all of your posts. Also, don't make fun of a bimbo who gives her children really stupid names and uses one as a poster child for anti-choice psychos. No one likes to read the truth, so you'd rather hit the "suggest removal" button to make your day brighter.

a_flock_of_jayhawks 6 years, 2 months ago

"What a maroon."Jaycrawler can't even get that right. Whether you think TPM in particular is biased or not, they sure got that story right. If you actually did any research instead of just being another of the sheeple, you'd see that the facts are coming from multiple, credible sources, one of them a state police audio tape!!! Speaking of morons, you fit the description.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 2 months ago

Media Bubble, Sept. 2 -- Embattled former beauty queen Sarah Palin continued to wilt yesterday under the pressure of fair, evenhanded media questions regarding the alleged state of "Alaska." Palin has claimed to be "governor" of the legendary land mass, which, while heretofore undiscovered by explorers, was once rumored to contain vast expanses rich with oil, gold, and "eski-mos."Palin first made the "Alaska" claim during an Aug. 29 public appearance alongside elderly, mean-looking cancer victim John McCain. McCain, a white man with whiter hair, has long publicly blocked efforts by Barack Obama, a youthful black man with a certain indefinable aura about him, to move into his new house. Palin, also white-skinned, has been linked to the McCain offensive.After four days of telling silence from the McCain camp, Palin finally deigned to reappear in public yesterday. In a followup press conference, Palin, who is a girl, lashed out at the media."Listen to me: Alaska. Is. A. State. Seriously. The 49th state, in fact. Way up north there. What, did somebody go around your newsrooms and hide all the maps underneath the ethics manuals? Or are you idiots just completely insane?"Shaking her head in a transparent attempt to feign exasperation, Palin -- who is perhaps not as pretty as she thinks she is -- then left the podium without answering followup questions regarding her plagiarism of CBS's Northern Exposure.Internet reaction to the unfit mother's unhinged rant was swift. Andrew Sullivan, right-wing blogger for The Atlantic, saw Palin's comments as a major misstep. "She's working the refs. This is what they do. Sure, blame the media. Is it their fault she's unwilling to back up these suspicious claims?"Look, I'm willing to entertain the idea that there really is a place called 'Alaska.' We've all heard the old wives' tales, and I've dreamed about such a rugged, outdoorsy paradise since I was about 13 or 14. But why is she so afraid to give us some proof? I mean, I've never been there, have you?"Update: After consultation with the Association of American Geographers and several DC-area kindergarten students, the Washington Post can now report that many current world maps contain a small area in the northwest corner of North America labeled "Alaska." Palin's relationship with the mapmaking industry is currently under investigation.Real name unconfirmed at press timehttp://jimtreacher.com/archives/001531.html

jaywalker 6 years, 2 months ago

"Jaycrawler,TPM = Talking Points MemoIf that source is too biased for you, read the Anchorage Daily News. I rarely need to cite sources - you folks should be able to research on your own - so my citation is hardly typical. Nice way to make yourself look like a tool by jumping to conclusions, incorrect ones at that. Try thinking for yourself for once."Yo, flock of b.s., explain how I jumped to conclusions? Way to make yourself look like a tool by erroneously saying I was wrong when I called your TPM garbage a biased blog ---- I looked it up after you explained the acronym, brain trust ------ a biased ONE man blog is exactly what it is!!!!!!! Why don't YOU try thinking for YOURself for once. What a maroon.

jaywalker 6 years, 2 months ago

Hey, flock of b.s., how 'bout answerin' screed's question, what the hell is TPM? You really don't need to answer, it's fairly obvious from reading that spew it's a blog with someone's biased speculation of events. How... er... typical of you.

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