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Which Politician Is $500,000 in Legal Debt?

June 22, 2009

The question everyone should ask is why are there so many reasons to have ethic complaints lodged, and grievances filed against a politician.  The normal career path of any elected official is bound to take one into minefields of political opposition.  But that does not, in and of itself, equate lawsuits.  It is only when an elected  official crosses the line that the lawyers start knocking on the door.

All Sarah Palin can do now is answer the knock, and receive the summons.

All the complaints have been brought by Alaskans, except for one filed by Washington-based Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics alleging the $150,000-plus designer wardrobe the Republican Party bought to outfit Palin in her national quest violated the Federal Election Campaign Act. That complaint was dismissed.

One complaint, in which the Alaska Personnel Board found no wrongdoing, concluded with the governor agreeing to pay the state $10,000 for trips taken by her children — money that is due Tuesday.

Elected in 2006, Palin enjoyed an unprecedented 18-month honeymoon with Alaska residents and lawmakers alike until last July, when she fired Walt Monegan, the state’s popular public safety commissioner.

Monegan believed he was terminated over his refusal to let go a state trooper who was involved in a contentious divorce with Palin’s sister. Palin cited budgetary disagreements.

State lawmakers investigated, ultimately concluding the governor broke an ethics law that prohibits public officials from using their office for personal gain, although the firing itself was considered lawful since Monegan was an at-will employee.

Days after being named McCain’s running mate, Palin said the legislative probe had become too political and filed a “self disclosure” with the Alaska Personnel Board, whose three members are appointed by the governor. The day before the presidential election, that investigation concluded that Palin violated no ethics laws.

Palin was wrong to publicly criticize the complaints before the appropriate government body — the personnel board in most cases — had a chance to analyze them, said Gregg Erickson, a Juneau economist and longtime watcher of Alaska politics. That’s simply bad politics, he said.

“She rises to the bait fairly quickly when they troll these things by her,” he said. “I think it’s a weakness.”

Chatman said she voted for Palin to be governor, but now sees her as unethical, sacrificing the state’s interest to advance her national ambitions. Palin is widely believed to be considering a 2012 presidential run.

Chatman’s complaint alleges Palin is misusing the governor’s office for personal gain by securing unwarranted benefits and receiving improper gifts through the Alaska Fund Trust, which was established by supporters in April to help Palin pay her legal bills.

  1. Red Barron permalink
    June 23, 2009 8:14 AM

    Oh and lets not forget that the president had 57 states to visit during the election, is thatthe best you can do is rip on her because of misquotes, do you really want me to post Joe Biden misquotes, it would go one for days.

  2. June 22, 2009 10:30 PM

    I post so often on Sarah Palin as she is great copy. No one can make this stuff up about her.

    After all, as you reminded us in your comment she is a “smart intelligent women “….who said…….

    “so that there is hope and opportunity in our neighboring country of Afghanistan”

    Full quote: “They are also building schools for the Afghan children so that there is hope and opportunity in our neighboring country of Afghanistan.”

    or this amazing insight into her brain at full power…….

    “Well, let’s see. There’s — of course — in the great history of America rulings there have been rulings.

    Sarah Palin’s response to Katie Couric asking her to discuss any Supreme Court decisions she disagreed with other than Roe vs. Wade.

    Sarah needs to buy an atlas.

  3. Red Barron permalink
    June 22, 2009 9:03 PM

    I get such enjoyment watching the left try so hard to make Sarah Palin inconsequential by continually attacking her. I understand how afraid they are that President Obama is a one term president and that they are unable to handle a smart intelligent women in the White House in 2012.

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