10.11.2008

Governor Palin Abused Authority - Ethics Violation?

So, I'm a little confused by this recent report from the state of Alaska. Here's what I've read:
"A long-awaited Alaska legislative report concluded that Republican Sen. John McCain's vice-presidential running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin, abused her authority and broke state ethics law by trying to remove her former brother-in-law from his job as a state trooper.
But the report also concluded that the Republican governor did not unlawfully fire her public-safety commissioner, Walt Monegan, who said he had been pressured to oust the trooper, Mike Wooten. The report said other factors were involved in Mr. Monegan's controversial dismissal.
"

Is it just me or do those two statements sound contradictory? I guess unethical does not equal illegal. [Blackstar, I need your legal expertise here - what are the repercussions here?] Oh and to add to my confusion, the McCain campaign released the following statement:
"...the investigation "vindicated the governor by finding that she acted within her constitutional authority to remove 'at-will' employees," referring to her commissioner. He added that the findings of ethics-law violations "required speculation and assumptions" that "could not be supported solely on the basis of the evidence."


The McCain campaign went on to say that this case against Palin was an inquiry led by Obama supporters based on little merit. Sounds like this 1300 page report has quite a bit of merit to me.
While their campaign continues to question the character and judgment of the Obama campaign, they just continue to crash and burn.

However, what's the real story here? I'm NOT about to read this long ass report, give me the short and sweet version. And how do you think the McCain campaign and the media will spin this one?



Source: Wall St. Journal

3 comments:

Anonymous October 11, 2008 at 10:04 PM  

she wasn't using it, so she sold her credibility on eBay...

Citizen Ojo October 11, 2008 at 10:06 PM  

It would seem that the American people have seen this abuse of power played out for the last 7 years 8 months with the Bush Dictatorship. Why would they want to go thru with this again for another 4 years?

Citizen Ojo October 11, 2008 at 10:06 PM  

It would seem that the American people have seen this abuse of power played out for the last 7 years 8 months with the Bush Dictatorship. Why would they want to go thru with this again for another 4 years?

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