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Troopergate Report Released-Sarah Palin Found to Be Unethical

10 October 2008 at 8:26:18 PM

From the front page of the Anchorage Alaska Daily News (PDF link)

Findings are on page 8- Investigator finds that Sarah Palin abused her power by violating Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act.

explanation of the findings starts on p 48. Pretty gripping reading.

Here's a short version of the findings from the ADN front page.

from MSNBC First Read

The panel of legislators investigating the "Troopergate" controversy in Palin's home state has concluded that the Alaska governor "unlawfully abused her authority" in the firing Public Safety Commissioner Walter Monegan, per the AP.

More: "The investigative report concludes that a family grudge wasn't the sole reason for firing Public Safety Commissioner Walter Monegan but says it likely was a contributing factor."

I'll bet McCain wishes he had vetted Palin now.

P.S. When you read the report, you'll see that the second finding is that Palin had the right, as governor to fire whoever she wanted. That's how McCain's camp is trying to spin this. But it's not the point. From TPM

You can already see, in the McCain camp's first statement on the Trooper-Gate report, that the McCain campaign will spin it as actually letting Gov. Palin off the hook for firing Monegan because it finds that she had the power to fire him.

That's ridiculous. Monegan's firing was just the tip of the iceberg.

The report details the extraordinary lengths that Gov. Palin, largely through her husband Todd, went to get her ex-brother-in-law, a state trooper, fired because of personal family reasons (namely, his nasty divorce from Palin's sister). It was this effort, which led to pressure being improperly brought to bear on numerous state employees, that constituted an abuse of power by Palin. As it should be. State employees should not be subject to personal vendettas from elected officials.

While the report also finds that the governor in Alaska has the inherent power to fire her department heads for any reason or for no reason, it concludes that Monegan's refusal to fire one of his state troopers at the insistence of the governor and her family was a contributing factor in his own firing.

So rather than the firing of Monegan itself being the abuse of power, the wide-ranging effort to retaliate against her sister's ex-husband, of which Monegan's firing was merely a part, was the real abuse.

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