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Palin Rejects Claims She ‘Abused Power’

From Fox News:

Palin Denies Report’s Findings That She Abused Power

by Shushannah Walshe

October 11th, 2008

PITTSBURGH –- The morning after an Alaskan legislative panel ruled that Sarah Palin abused her powers as Governor to get a state trooper, her former brother-in-law, fired Palin responded to a reporter’s shouted question about whether she did in fact abuse her power, Palin shook her head and said, “No.”

She added, “And if you read the report you’ll see that there was nothing unlawful or unethical about replacing a cabinet member. You got to read the report, Sir.”

Her denial of abuse of power puts her at odds with the findings of the report, which found her acting lawfully, but unethically. The report states that she violated the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act by allowing her to pressure subordinates to try and get Trooper Michael Wooten fired.

However, Palin’s response was within the report’s findings because it did conclude that Palin was within her right to dismiss her public safety commissioner, Walt Monegan, Wooten’s superior. The report stated, “Governor Palin’s firing of Commissioner Walt Monegan was a proper and lawful exercise of her constitutional and statutory authority to hire and fire executive branch department heads,” the report cites the Alaska Constitution in those findings.

In the 263-page report the legislative panel determined that Palin wrongfully allowed her husband, Todd, to use state resources as part of the attempt to fire Trooper Wooten.

We are with Mrs. Palin on this.

It is hard to see how it is unethical for Mrs. Palin to “pressure her subordinates” to fire someone who works for her.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, October 11th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

14 Responses to “Palin Rejects Claims She ‘Abused Power’”

  1. Reality Bytes says:

    Still waiting on something as simple as Barack Obama’s birth certificate. In the meantime, the MSM falls all over itself about a democrat & good ol’ boy insider run legistlative investigation about the Governor’s removing a state official who serves at her pleasure as chief executive of her state.

  2. DEZ says:

    The trooper should have been prosecuted, and Walt Monegan deserved to be fired for being too stupid to do the right thing.

  3. 1laidbackRN says:

    This reminds me of one of my favorite quotes. “Great spirits have often encountered violent opposition from weak minds.” –Albert Einstein

  4. Diane says:

    OK, I’m confused again. The last I heard, the state trooper in question still has his job. If she fired Monegan for refusing to fire the trooper, wouldn’t she have put someone in place who would? Or are we working on the assumption that she sort of lost track of her ultimate goal and fired the wrong guy?

  5. 1sttofight says:

    Diane
    You are trying to use real world logic in a democrat world.

    It aint gonna work.

  6. joeblough says:

    In Democrat-speak unconstitutional and unethical means “I don’t like it” and/or “I don’t like you”.

  7. Exeter says:

    Surprisingly, MSNBC actually posted the text of the report.

    http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/i/msnbc/Components/Interactives/Politics/Election2008/branchflower_report_to_the_legislative_council.pdf

    They probably presumed that no one would want to sift through all 263 pages of Branchflower’s BS. I’m only halfway through it, but thus far the inferences he draws from the facts are utterly specious.

  8. 1sttofight says:

    Exeter ,
    He was paid to come to a set conclusion no matter what the evidence said.

  9. JohnMG says:

    …….”The report states that she violated the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act…….”

    Please read the above quote thoroughly, then read the next quote.

    ………”The report stated, “Governor Palin’s firing of Commissioner Walt Monegan was a proper and lawful exercise of her constitutional and statutory authority to hire and fire executive branch department heads,” the report cites the Alaska Constitution in those findings……..”

    So explain to me how a proper and lawful exercise of her authority can be considered an ethical violation.

    Is this the best they can do? What a pathetic bunch of losers. They should all be stood up against a wall and shot with a “shit pistol”!

  10. DEZ says:

    “So explain to me how a proper and lawful exercise of her authority can be considered an ethical violation.’

    Firing the jerk hurt his feelings?
    He was entitled to the job?
    She was naked under her clothes?
    She is a Republican?

  11. platypus says:

    According to Sarah, she was disappointed in his performance as head of his department. Nowhere in her explanation of the firing is there any mention of firing a state trooper.

    The inclusion of the state trooper into this situation was a creation by political adversaries aided by the LameStreamMedia. It made for great copy (their viewpoint) because it implied ethical issues existed. Yet nobody seemed to care that Sarah unconditionally denied ever seeking the trooper’s firing, let alone doing an Alaska version of Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre.

    Make no mistake about it – this is an attempted replay of that notorious situation from the Seventies. It will fail no matter how many 263 page reports are generated.

    I also think that those Alaska politicians who have tried to whack Sarah’s candidacy better watch out. If McCain doesn’t make it, guess where Sarah goes?

    Right back to her office in Juneau. The barracuda will have landed. There will be blood in the water.

  12. DEZ says:

    “According to Sarah, she was disappointed in his performance as head of his department. Nowhere in her explanation of the firing is there any mention of firing a state trooper.’

    Platypus, The media as well as their handlers have philosophy, the truth is what they say it is.
    From some sick twisted logic, they define truth as what ever advances their agenda.
    As JohnMG points out, no laws were broken, but Sarah must still be guilty of something to appease the liberal soul.
    Or in other words, the left hates her simply because she has a moral compass, for right thing, they say she should be prosecuted, or at the very least persecuted.
    If she did the wrong thing she would be a stinking liberal, and they would be rushing to her defence!

  13. JohnMG says:

    DEZ; ……”Firing the jerk hurt his feelings?
    He was entitled to the job?
    She was naked under her clothes?
    She is a Republican?……..”

    Is this a trick question?

  14. JannyMae says:

    I was arguing with a conservative about this recently. He insisted that the report proved that Palin had abused her power. I contended that the report contradicts itself…because it does. If Palin had fired the man for purely PERSONAL reasons, then they would have a case that she violated ethics, but the report itself states that she did not. In fact, it outlines the legitimate reasons that Monegan was fired.

    They wanted a certain result, and they got it. This was a political hatchet job, designed to give our ‘esteemed” MSM a headline to tout.


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