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New 'Troopergate' Report Supports Palin

POSTED: 08:08 PM ET, 11/ 3/2008 by Derek Kravitz

A second report on the Alaska "Troopergate" case has found that Gov. Sarah Palin did not violate state ethics rules in allegedly trying to fire her former brother-in-law from the state troopers.

An investigator for Alaska's State Personnel Board concluded in a report released on the eve of the election that "there is no probable cause to believe that Governor Palin violated the Alaska Executive Ethics Act" in connection with the employment of Alaska State Trooper Michael Wooten.

A separate, 263-page report released last month by a bipartisan legislative panel came to a different conclusion, finding that Palin violated state ethics laws when she, her husband, Todd, and members of her staff tried to get her ex-brother-in-law fired .

That report, compiled by investigator Stephen Branchflower, found that while Palin was within her right to fire former Public Safety Commissioner Walter Monegan, his dismissal came in part because he refused to remove Wooten.

"Governor Palin knowingly permitted a situation to continue where impermissible pressure was placed on several subordinates in order to advance a personal agenda, to wit: To get Trooper Michael Wooten fired," last month's report said.

By and large, Palin disregarded Branchflower's finding that she had abused her executive power, instead focusing on a second finding in the report that said she had been cleared of wrongfully firing her state public safety commissioner.

Today's report comes as Palin, the Republican vice-presidential nominee, campaigns in the battleground states of Ohio and Missouri just hours before voters head to the polls.

By Derek Kravitz |  November 3, 2008; 8:08 PM ET
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Big Deal! The hired gun of a state agency whose executives report to Palin and get be fired by Palin at will clear her on the eve of the election. Luckily, a third of all the ballots in the nation have already been cast and minds are made up among the remainder of voters for tomorrow's election. Palin (SaraSixPack.com, or JaneSixPack.com if you prefer) has proven she's not ready for prime time, though her fans, handler and "investors" are pinning their hopes on a comeback for 2012. But it will be ObamaAgain2012.com, so she'll have to wait 'til 2016 for a decent shot. And buy then she'll be up against a host of better, brighter and more qualified GOP candidates. Palin had her 10 minutes of fame. It's over.

Posted by: edwards1 | November 3, 2008 9:17 PM

Surprise! Surprise! The Headline:

Palin Cronies Rule In Her Favor

*wink wink*

The public is weary of this. Now she can lose the election on a "feel good" note for herself.

Has she sent Obama her condolences on the loss of his Grandma yet? I doubt it. This is ONE ICKY WOMAN, folks.

You can HAVE her, Alaska!! Take her!!

Posted by: mavisdarling | November 3, 2008 9:37 PM

Surprise! Surprise! The Headline:

Palin Cronies Rule In Her Favor

*wink wink*

The public is weary of this. Now she can lose the election on a "feel good" note for herself.

Has she sent Obama her condolences on the loss of his Grandma yet? I doubt it. This is ONE ICKY WOMAN, folks.

You can HAVE her, Alaska!! Take her!!

Posted by: mavisdarling | November 3, 2008 9:37 PM

"An investigator for Alaska's State Personnel Board concluded..."

Hmm...would that be the same State Personnel Board that Sarah Palin personally hand-picked?

Why, yes it is!

Posted by: CuckooRaja | November 4, 2008 12:01 AM

"An investigator..."

Ah, nothing like full disclosure—was it Todd by chance?

Have fun returning to frigid Alaska, at least your daughter won't have to have a shotgun wedding in the lime light.

Posted by: yakmon | November 4, 2008 4:12 PM

wink wink don't be rediculous just to get Palin. Anyone with any intelligent knows the most important thing is keeping the child support coming. It make no sence to get him fired. Be smart. This was a hit job and you know it. We need pride when we deserve it. Do you think it really makes us look good picking on a whole state? And yakmon that was so clever. oooooo-let's pick on the kids. You must be so proud.

Posted by: liberal13 | November 5, 2008 12:16 AM

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