Saturday, October 11, 2008

Abuse of Power

A BI-PARTISAN legislative investigation in Alaska has found that Sarah Palin abused her power as governor of Alaska when she persecuted a former family member. Download the report here.

Finding Number One

For the reasons explained in section IV of this report, I find that Governor Sarah Palin abused her power by violating Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act. Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) provides

The legislature reaffirms that each public officer holds office as a public trust, and any effort to benefit a personal or financial interest through official action is a violation of that trust.

Finding Number Two

I find that, although Walt Monegan's refusal to fire Trooper Michael Wooten was not the sole reason he was fired by Governor Sarah Palin, it was likely a contributing factor to his termination as Commissioner of Public Safety. In spite of that, Governor Palin's firing of Commissioner Monegan was a proper and lawful exercise of her constitutional and statutory authority to hire and fire executive branch department heads.

Finding Number Three

Harbor Adjustment Service of Anchorage, and its owner Ms. Murleen Wilkes, handled Trooper Michael Wooten's workers' compensation claim property and in the normal course of business like any other claim processed by Harbor Adjustment Service and Ms. Wilkes. Further, Trooper Wooten received all the workers' compensation benefits to which he was entitled.

Finding Number Four

The Attorney General's office has failed to substantially comply with my August 6, 2008 written request to Governor Sarah Palin for infomration about the case in the form of emails.


The details of Troopergate show what was first reported by the Alaska blogs when Palin was named the vice presidential nominee: Todd Palin, the one who was a registered member of the secessionist, white supremacist, anti-government-militia loving AIP, is the shadow governor of Alaska.

Straight from the report:

Officer Wheeler testified that Todd Palin spent at least 50 percent of his time in Governor Palin's office. Although he did not have his own office, he would routinely use the governor's office, sitting at the conference table that had a phone on it. I asked Officer Wheeler whether he had an opinion about Todd Palin's level of involvement in the day-to-day affairs of the Governor's office:

MR. BRANCHFLOWER: Do you have an opinion about his level of involvement in the day-to-day affairs of the working of the governor's office?

MR. WHEELER: I -- I think that he -- that he had a significant influence, in that he was always interacting with the -- the employees there. That any time I needed to get information to the governor, I would always go through Todd, because he was the only one I could -- could talk with, either via the cell phone or in person.
He -- I know that he got e-mails and stuff that he was in the loop on -- on activities. Because if -- if the governor was required to leave and go to Juneau or something, that Todd was always the one that would call me and let me know where they were and that they'd be five or ten minutes out.

So he = yes, he was -- he knew a lot of the stuff that was going on.

Wheeler was on the the governors' security detail.

To me this is the real story of Troopergate. Not only did the Palins abuse their power, but one of them had no right to even be involved since he wasn't voted into office.

Who is Todd Palin?

Commercial fisherman? Oil field worker? Steelworker? All of the above and something more? None of the above?

If he's spending at least 50 percent of his time in the governors' office....

If he's the shadow governor, I'd surely like to know who he really is and what he intends to do if he gets into the White House under his wife's skirt.

After all, in addition to his AIP affiliation, Alaska is basically an oil company.

Another oil man in the White House?

He'll be in Maine today trying to get that one electoral vote from our second congressional district. I might have to stop by.

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