Saturday, October 11, 2008

Sarah Palin -- Abused power, violated law

The independent investigation by Stephen Branchflower submitted to a bipartisan Alaskan legislative council concluded that Governor Sarah Palin abused her powers as governor in violation of Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a).

The abuse stems from Palin's sister's divorce from State Trooper Michael Wooten, which upset Palin. Palin wanted Wooten fired, and pressured Commissioner of Public Safety Walt Monegan to do so. Apparently, Shadow Governor Todd "First Dude" Palin voiced most of the complaints about Wooten, but the actual firing was, of course, Sarah Palin's responsibility. The affair came to be known as "Troopergate."

When it began to look like this could be a seriously embarrassing situation for the vice-presidential nominee, she decided to stonewall the investigation. The Alaska judicial system, however, would not allow the matter to be dismissed. Palin conducted her own investigation by a hand-picked group of toadies and, to absolutely no one's astonishment, determined that she had done no wrong.

Our nation has suffered enough damage from a vice president who believes himself above the law and who has abused his powers. Would Todd Palin expect to continue his shadowy work as Spouse of the Vice President? And the last thing we need is someone a heartbeat away from the Presidency who already has a track record of covering up illegal actions.

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