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'Troopergate' Trooper Regrets Bad Blood

POSTED: 08:02 PM ET, 09/ 6/2008 by The Editors

The state trooper at the center of Gov. Sarah Palin's "Troopergate" scandal denies that he ever threatened to kill Palin's father and expresses regret that his case has exploded into the national media, The Post's James V. Grimaldi reports today.

Trooper Mike Wooten said in an interview: "I would like to put this behind me and move on with my life."

Palin is under investigation by the state legislature to determine if she pressured the state police commissioner to fire Wooten -- her ex-brother in law -- and then fired the commissioner because he did not. A senator leading the investigation said Friday that the bipartisan committee moved up the completion date of the report several weeks to Oct. 10.

Wooten said that Palin's nomination as GOP vice presidential candidate "is great for the state of Alaska. I wish her good luck and the family good luck. I honestly think that everyone involved in this wanted to put this beyond us."

By The Editors |  September 6, 2008; 8:02 PM ET Post Investigations
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I guess that means he got the check from McCain and cashed it without any problems.

Posted by: Suspicous Voter | September 7, 2008 12:32 AM

good thing everybody is so friendly in that Palin family.

Posted by: DuggiE | September 7, 2008 12:33 AM

How did the state trooper get the job in the first place? If Palin was in good blood with her ex-brother in-law, I bet he would have got a top job in the White House. Palin represents what is wrong with politics. One rule: Be honesty.

Posted by: Angela | September 7, 2008 2:43 AM

I watched CNN's report on Wooten. It is apparent this man, who is now divorcing his fourth wife, has issues with women, bad and violent issues. Once again. Sarah Palin will come out of this looking like the excellent leader that she is. Dems ought to give this one a rest.

Posted by: Jerzeepeg | September 7, 2008 8:46 AM

The Dems want to defend Tooper Whooten who apparently has Tasered his stepson and and was cited for drinking a beer in his Squad Car? I think she would be unfit to lead if she hadn't attempted to get him fired!

Posted by: Billy | September 7, 2008 10:33 AM

Suggesting McCain would directly or indirectly pay off Mr. Whooten is absurd. That would be sniffed out in an "Enquirer" moment.
Mr. Whooten is obviously uncomfortable with his abusive past and wants to divert the focus so he can move back into the shadows.

Posted by: Gail | September 7, 2008 12:14 PM

I think we can all agree that the trooper in question is less than great and most likely does not deserve a place on the force. However, the issue is not about whether the trooper was a good or bad person. The question is whether Palin abused her power and had Monegan removed from his position because he refused to take action to impose a personal agenda. If so, the person being mistreated is Monegan. Until there is more information, it is Monegan's word against her word. I, for one, think they should finish their investigation and report, which was started and scheduled well before Palin was selected as the Vice Presidential candidate. The legislature who voted for the investigation vote unanimously for the investigation, a group made up of 8 Republicans and 4 Democrats. I do agree that French should not have spoken to the national press and that it showed poor judgement. However, since an independent investigator was put in place and the results are not determined by French and since Palin initially said she intended to cooperate fully with the legislature's investigation that there should be no issue in finishing what was started.

Posted by: Fred | September 8, 2008 12:59 AM

Palin is spoiled brat who is used to getting her way. When Monigan stood up to her she fired him. Once this scandal is exposed she will drop in the polls and bring McCain down

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 2:23 AM

Is firing someone for incompetence mistreateing them? If Monegan couldn't see that Wooten SHOULD have been fired even before someone from Palin's family asked him to take another look, he has no business being in a job where he makes those kinds of decisions. How many other ticking time bombs has he refused to fire? Sounds like another good ole boy network that Palin broke up. I say more power to her if she did get him fired and put someone in the position who takes their job seriously.

Posted by: curious | September 9, 2008 2:31 PM

McCain and Palin!!!!! GO!!

Posted by: Thozman | September 10, 2008 10:29 PM

mmmmm-- go where? away? I second that!

Posted by: ecollins | September 11, 2008 3:47 AM

these things get blown out of proportion on purpose. let the first one who is perfect cast the first stone - OBAMA.

that's the way he does things in chicago to get elected, he will NOT succeed this time.

Posted by: jim | September 13, 2008 10:14 AM

Republicans are dead meat!

Posted by: Ken Gosche | September 14, 2008 1:20 AM

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