According to an article in the New York Times, Governor Palin was guilty of violating her state’s Executive Branch Ethics Act:
A 263-page report released Friday by lawmakers in Alaska found that Ms. Palin, the Republican vice-presidential nominee, had herself exerted pressure to get Trooper Michael Wooten dismissed, as well as allowed her husband and subordinates to press for his firing, largely as a result of his temperament and past disciplinary problems.
“Such impermissible and repeated contacts,” the report states, “create conflicts of interests for subordinate employees who must choose to either please a superior or run the risk of facing that superior’s displeasure and the possible consequences of that displeasure.” The report concludes that the action was a violation of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act.
Such petty abuses are probably only the tip of the iceberg – far from being a ‘Maverick’, she is now demonstrably the type of person who pursues personal vendettas, and allows her family members to use government resources for personal gain, which I would consider the worst type of ‘political insider’ behavior. To contrast her fundamentalist religious beliefs and homespun image with her actual lack of ethics is probably unnecessary at this point, as those with the ability to consider rationally the absurd emotion-based rhetoric have seen through the cardboard cutout the American public is supposed to elect as a VP.
Rather than consider the stated defense that the report was the product of “Obama supporters”, I would applaud the efforts of investigators in their work, including reaching the conclusion that Palin did not wrongfully dismiss the public safety commissioner. The report seems valid, and reaching mixed conclusions on the issues at hand lend it more credibility.
The Obama camp needs to exploit this immediately – this is not an issue to be brushed aside as a thing of the past, it needs to be presented for what it is, a preview of a future under Vice President (and a faltering heartbeat away from President) Sarah Palin.
Addendum: Palin, when asked about the report this morning, made a run for it – someone with such ‘homespun wisdom’ and upstanding morals would have taken the time to discuss it, or at least try to explain it, if she had nothing to feel guilty about.
It’s a Flagitious Flash Fact.