October 10, 2008
Troopergate Report (.pdf), 'Palin Abused Her Power'
UPDATE: Read the report!
John McCain must have a migraine tonight. He must be hitting himself in the head for not vetting Sarah Palin better. The chickens are coming home to roost. A bi-partisan legislative committee investigating Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has found she unlawfully abused her authority in firing the state's public safety commissioner.
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.
The Republican vice presidential nominee has been accused of firing a commissioner to settle a family dispute. Palin supporters have called the investigation politically motivated.
Monegan says he was dismissed as retribution for resisting pressure to fire a state trooper involved in a bitter divorce with the governor's sister. Palin says Monegan was fired as part of a legitimate budget dispute.
The legislative panel met for six hours before making a unanimous decision to release the so-called "Troopergate" report. The vote was 12-0 to release the report, except for certain parts they consider confidential.
The first-term Alaska governor has been accused of firing a state commissioner to settle a family dispute. But the report is also expected to touch on whether Palin's husband meddled in state affairs and whether her administration inappropriately accessed employee medical records.
Will Palin be dropped from the ticket as a 'last gasp' effort to revive McCain's presidential ambitions? Will she be able to overcome the stigma of this report in the next 25 days of this campaign? What say u?