Governor's office: Troopergate is over and Palin testimony won't be released to public
Source: Anchorage Daily News
As far as Gov. Sarah Palin is concerned, Troopergate is behind her and she won't provide a transcript of testimony she gave in an investigation into whether she violated ethics laws in firing her public safety commissioner, Walt Monegan.
Palin has maintained she did nothing wrong and that Monegan was dismissed for reasons unrelated to her concerns about her ex-brother-in-law, Trooper Michael Wooten. She had called Wooten a "trooper time-bomb" and complained to Monegan in an e-mail that Wooten had tasered his stepson, drank in his patrol car, and shot a moose without a permit, and yet was still on the street.
Her husband, Todd, as well as officials in her administration, pressured Monegan and others at the Department of Public Safety about Wooten. Monegan has said he believes he was fired in part because he wouldn't get rid of Wooten, and one investigation into the matter came to the same conclusion.
Palin cooperated with only one of two investigations into the circumstances of Monegan's dismissal, the one by the state Personnel Board, which she said was the proper venue for an ethics investigation and which cleared her, not the separate investigation by the state Legislature, which found she abused her power by failing to rein in Todd and others, but still had the right to fire Monegan.
When the Personnel Board investigation began, Palin said she wanted it made public.
Then, Leighow went a bit further:
"Governor Palin waived her confidentiality to release the Personnel Board report - not her deposition. Two investigations concerning this matter have been conducted and concluded; we are not going to relitigate this in the media now. The politics are over and behind us. In both investigations, the investigators found that the Governor acted with her proper and lawful authority in dismissing Walt Monegan. We are moving forward now and not looking back at a matter, which has distracted Alaskans from the key issues at hand; the price of oil, the state of our budget, and resource development in Alaska, including the ultimate construction of a natural gas pipeline."
Interesting that she wants to pimp these social programs in her budget before anything else. She never particularly cared about Denali Kid Care, obesity and whatnot before, but she knows she's got some ground to make up here.
6. Hey, if her refining helps the citizens of Alaska, more power to her
that is what she is there for and even if her motives are strickly political, if the people benefit then that is a good thing.
There are too many in the RNC that don't like her. Add to that her ego and lack of a conscious, her arrogant thinking that she is gov and can do what she wants without question, then I believe she will be out of office and/or indicted by the time the 2010 elections come around.
12. Sarah, honey, sit down, I have to tell you something.
You ain't never escaping from Alaska, and that pipeline ain't never gettin' built. You're gonna fail over and over and over with the republican party and keep them down for us, honey... you're going to do the hard work of making sure the repubs never stage a comeback. We're counting on you! You go girl!
13. I wish she'd go back to Wasilla and take care of her family.
Edited on Fri Dec-05-08 10:52 PM by Blue_In_AK
She comes back here now and tries to act like none of this past three months ever happened, like she can just throw us some benefits http://www.adn.com/politics/story/612434.html , and we'll forget about the ugly partisanship she engaged in and her self-serving, bald-faced ambition. Now that we've seen that side of her, we can never trust her again. Everything she does now is calculated to advance her right-wing agenda, so that even good things she proposes, like increased health benefits or preschool education, become means to her ends. She didn't care about health care before; why the sudden interest if not to boost her popularity? She is acting out of selfishness, not altruism.
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