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Troopergate: The Palin record of abusing power

According to the former Alaska state police chief Walt Monegan, Gov. Sarah Palin fired him because he wouldn't punish her ex-brother-in-law. It really sounds scummy. Todd Palin was deeply involved in it too. The official investigation might be finished before the election.

In interviews Monegan seems like a real stand-up person. He even says he likes and admires Palin in some ways but that she doesn't have enough integrity.

Palin said at first that she welcomed the investigation, which is bipartisan, but now is refusing to cooperate, and Republicans are doing everything to block its progress. Pretty convenient to be able to flip-flop out of your own ethics investigations.

Is this is what the US needs now -- petty personal politics and abuse of power in the executive branch?

The Washington Post reports,
“Republican presidential candidate John McCain's running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, is an ethics reformer under an ethics investigation that is plowing through private domestic matters. Palin is under investigation to determine whether she pressured and then fired the state police chief in July because he refused to dismiss her former brother-in-law. At the time, the governor's younger sister was involved in a bitter divorce and child custody dispute with the man, a state trooper. A bipartisan committee of the state legislature voted unanimously to hire a retired prosecutor to investigate. His report is due in October.”

“Gov. Palin's husband, Todd Palin, met with Monegan [the fired state police chief] in January 2007, a month after his wife took office, to say that the trooper was unfit for the force. Monegan also said the governor sent him e-mails, but Monegan declined to disclose them, saying he planned to give them to the independent prosecutor. Palin initially denied that she or anyone in her administration had ever pressured Monegan to fire Wooten. She said she had raised the matter with Monegan just once, relaying the allegation that Wooten made a death threat against her father. But this summer, Palin acknowledged that a half-dozen members of her administration had made more than two dozen calls on the matter to various state officials

“Monegan, 57, a former chief of the Anchorage Police Department, said in an interview Friday that during his 19 months on the job the governor repeatedly mentioned Wooten but ‘never directly asked me to fire him.’ Monegan said Todd Palin told him that Wooten ‘shouldn't be a trooper.’ ‘I've tried to explain to him,’ Monegan said, ‘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. I think he's emotionally committed in trying to see that his former brother-in-law is punished.’”

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