Friday, October 10, 2008

Palin nailed in Troopergate abuse of power case

A bi-partisan legislative committee of 10 Republicans and 4 Democrats in Alaska unanimously determined this afternoon that Sarah Palin abused her power, violated public trust and broke a state ethics law when she fired Public Safety Commissioner Walter Moneghan. The committee said Palin, "unlawfully abused her authority in firing the state's Public Safety Commissioner" and "exerted impermissible pressure." The report cites more than 19 different phone calls from Palin, her husband and staff to Moneghan pressuring him to fire Palin's ex-brother-in-law.

Walter Monegan , the state's Public Safety Commissioner, was terminated by Palin in July. He claimed Sarah and Todd Palin pressured him to fire Mike Wooten, a state trooper involved in a divorce and custody dispute with the governor's sister. Alaska's legislative investigator, Stephen Branchflower, found Palin in violation of a state ethics law that prohibits public officials from using their office for personal gain.

Palin, who initially said she had nothing to hide, refused to cooperate with the investigation once she was tapped by John McCain to be his VP. Since then, McCain's legal staff has desperately tried to squash subpoenas in the case and Palin herself refused to testify.

It looks like Palin's chickens are coming home to roost. Call it karma. After a week of battering her opponent and portraying him as a terrorist, un-American, and a dangerous unknown, we learn that Palin broke an ethics law - ultimately an impeachable offense. Oh Sarah, do we really know you? Who is Sarah Palin? Someone who doesn't love her own state enough to not break its laws while she's the Governor.


No comments: