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Palin Is (Still) Stalked By Office-Seeker

From the ever duplicitous Associated Press:

[AP photo and caption:] A portrait of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is seen outside her office in the Alaska State Capitol building on Monday morning, July 6, 2009, in Juneau, Alaska. Palin was not behind the large frosted glass doors emblazoned with the state seal leading to her office. Instead, she was fishing with family members in Bristol Bay. For the trickle of tourists who found their way to Palin’s third-floor office, the black-and-white photo hanging in the ‘Hall of Governors’ gallery would have to do.

Ethics complaint filed against Palin

By Rachel D’oro, Associated Press Writer – Tue Jul 14

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Outgoing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is facing yet another ethics complaint — the 18th against her and the very thing that helped to prompt her resignation.

The latest complaint alleges she abused her office by accepting a salary and using state staff while campaigning outside Alaska for the vice presidency. It’s the third complaint filed against the Republican since she announced July 3 that she was stepping down.

In her resignation speech, Palin said the array of ethics complaints was taking a personal toll and crippling her ability to govern. She officially leaves office July 26 and will be succeeded by Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell.

In her complaint, Andree McLeod said that two days before Palin was named John McCain’s running mate, she signed travel documents that stated "conclusion of state business." A similar document soon after the election stated "return to duty status."

McLeod said Palin’s signature on the documents demonstrated a "willingness to forgo her duties as governor" to travel on the national campaign. She added that she filed the complaint now only because she was waiting for a final document from the state in response to a public records request.

McLeod said that given that temporary absence, Palin should have turned over the governor’s responsibilities to Parnell as required by the state constitution.

"The reason this is so serious is because the transfer of power should have taken place but did not," McLeod said Tuesday.

Palin’s attorney, Thomas Van Flein, called the filing "another meritless complaint." He said Palin continued working regularly as governor even when she left the state on the national campaign.

Van Flein said the Alaska Personnel Board already dismissed a similar complaint by McLeod that alleged a staffer who traveled with the governor worked on state time to benefit Palin’s interests during and after her national run. The McCain campaign paid for the governor’s travel and per diem costs to avoid any ethics implications, according to Van Flein.

"Contrary to the complaint, it is not an ethics violation to save the state money and to avoid overlap between campaign costs and state costs," Van Flein said in a prepared statement. "Rather, this was the more ethical and better approach, using campaign money even when state business was being accomplished remotely."

Jack Coghill, a Republican and an author of the Alaska constitution, said Palin should have formally put someone in charge.

"Anytime she leaves the state, according to our constitution, she has to relinquish her power as governor to her successor," he said.

Van Flein disagreed, saying nothing in the constitution dictates that the governor must, or should, turn over authority to the lieutenant governor.

"That decision is 100 percent discretionary to the governor," he told The Associated Press. "That also is a policy issue, not an ethics issue."

Palin said at the time of her resignation that her administration had become hamstrung by frivolous ethics complaints that also put her more than $500,000 in legal debt and set the state back about $2 million dealing with them.

"And what about the people who offer up these silly accusations?" she asked. "It doesn’t cost them a dime so they’re not going to stop draining public resources — spending other peoples’ money in their game."

On Tuesday, Palin renewed her criticism of the complaints by indirectly targeting McLeod, whom Palin has said once sought an appointment from her.

"Are these constant, wasteful, thumped-up ethics charges result of not caving when the filer begged for job?" Palin said on the social networking Web site Twitter. "More frivolous chargs filed today."

The complaint is the fifth by McLeod. Three of the cases have been dismissed and another remains active.

Notice how artfully the Associated Press presents this story.

First, the headline, which gives no background on these complaints.

Then, the lead (lede) paragraph helpfully mentions that this is the 18th ethics complaint filed against Governor Palin.

The second paragraph then points out that this is the third complaint against Ms. Palin since she has announced she is resigning.

In paragraphs 4, 5 , 6 and 7, the AP goes into the details of the complaint, as if it is well-founded.

It isn’t until the 9th paragraph that we hear that the authorities have already dismissed an identical complaint from the self-same Andree McLeod.

And then it isn’t until we get to the 17th paragraph of the 19 paragraph piece that we hear Ms. McLeod is bitter because she was turned down for a job by Ms. Palin.

And it isn’t until the very last paragraph of this report that we hear Ms. McCleod has been the author of (at least) five of the 18 ethics complaints that have been filed against Ms. Palin. And that three of those have already been dismissed.

That is how the Associated Press does its job, day in and day out.

In fact, in this example they are being a little more candid than usual. Normally, they would simply leave out Ms. McCleod’s past history all together. But here they did the next best thing by burying it so far down in the article that the average reader will never read it.

Way to go, AP!

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, July 15th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

14 Responses to “Palin Is (Still) Stalked By Office-Seeker”

  1. bronzeprofessor says:

    Why don’t we go after McLeod the way the Dems went after poor Joe Wurzelbacher?

    • catie says:

      Great question! I don’t know why we don’t and that’s one of the things I tell the RNC when they call too.

  2. jobeth says:

    I smell such fear of Palin by the left. They keep telling us that she is a nobody An empty headed lightweight.

    Why then would they keep going after her? Why waste time on an “empty headed light-weighted nobody?

    If only we would just believe them!

    Except for the hell this is putting her and her family through, it would be hilarious.

    As I said…I smell real fear of this woman! They know full well she will undo every socialist thing they have done in the past at her first opportunity. They also know she isn’t going to go away.

    You just have to know that this “job seeker” would have been the spy in her office if she had gotten her job. You don’t just go this ballistic over a job turn down, unless you had an all together ‘nother agenda than just a job.

    Go Sarah!

    • bronzeprofessor says:

      Jobeth, are you worried about the possibliity that Catie raised in another thread…. What if Sarah goes in as a 3rd party candidate, and drains support from Romney/Huckabee/whomever, thereby giving the crown to the Democrats for yet another term?

    • jobeth says:

      BP…I really don’t think she will run in 2012. She’s young and has plenty of time. She still has a lot of enemies and needs to show her “stuff” to the people who don’t know her well yet. The ones who while not frank libs, still get the majority of their info from the MSM. Remember they have been told she’s stupid.

      As great as I think she is, and would be comfortable with her in the presidents chair right now, she still needs to convince a lot more than her conservative base. She has lots of work to do.

      I think once the middle of the roaders and the idiots who keep their heads buried unless it kicks them in the butt…get that kick in the butt by the stuff Obalmy is doing to the country they will begin to be more ready to hear what she is saying.

      I believe this is what is behind her “talking for those politicians with conservative values”. Remember she will talk to both sides..Repub and Dem. She is getting herself out there. By talking for conservative minded dems she is reaching people who would otherwise not hear anything of her except what the MSM would tell them.

      She is crazy like a fox.

      2012 is a bit soon. 2016 will be her year unless something bad happens. By then we can only pray the Repubs will come back to their conservative base!

      This is my humble opinion. But what ever she does, I have confidence it will be done well. So my opinion really doesn’t matter :-D

    • Right of the People says:


      If she runs, any right thinking person should vote for her. The GOP has become Democrat Lite at best. They don’t represent me, haven’t for some time now unfortunately they have been in most cases the lesser of two evils. Many other countries have more than 2 major political parties and they seem to get along. I’ve gained more respect for the parliamentary model of government lately. If we had that system, a third or even fourth party could gain control with a “majority” over the others and possibly do some good.

      Another thing that sticks in my craw when it comes to the presidential election process is the primary system. Vermont doesn’t get to vote until Super Tuesday. In the case of last years election the candidate I would have voted for (Guiliani sp?) was already out of it by then because my neighbors in NH and those flatlanders in Iowa didn’t like him. We need 1 national primary so everyone, everywhere in this great country of ours gets to choose. If this system had been employed last year, I think the Hildabeast would have cleaned Oblah-blah’s clock and maybe, just maybe McLame might have had a chance. Not that I think by any stretch of imagination he would have been a good president, however I’m positive in my military mind that he would have been light years ahead of what we have now.

    • tranquil.night says:

      Bobby I noticed Catie’s point in the last thread too and mulled it over a bit.

      My conclusion: Sarah is 100% Republican. She’s 110% Conservative.

      She carries the shield of the 40 million who will defer to her automatically because we trust her. Rush just read a great Jefferson quote: “Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” Sarah hasn’t made those “sell-your-soul” deals like giving Ms. McCleod a job in this case. I trust her – many do, she’s without a doubt the coming ‘values candidate’ – and this will keep her clean and able to run the distance against whatever the wimpy media and left tries to do to her.

      The Republicans will try and exclude her too. They already have. In the end the blue-blood RINOs will be forced to embrace her or not just lose their cocktail party Washington Elite lifestyle – they’ll lose their party.

      All said, I renew my vote for your idea Bobby – that Sarah consider looking into a chair position for the RNC before reentering the campaign cycle.

      Regarding 2012, I think it’s definitely on her plate if that’s how events pan out. Following the Obama impeachment and the subsequent investigation of the czars and half of congress, we might be looking at a special election altogether, so it may even be sooner. Either way I think she’ll be ready when the stars align.

    • proreason says:

      I think she needs to stay engaged with the Republican party somehow.

      Jobeth is probably right about 2012 not being an option for her.

      And 7 years is too long to be wandering around in the conservative media without a solid linkage to a political party. After a while you become a pundit rather than a viable candidate.

      It’s an issue for Newt already, I think, and could become a problem for Romney and Hutch as well.

    • catie says:

      I hope you all are right and that she won’t go rogue and run as an independent. I really do like her and I think 2016 is her time.

    • neocon mom says:

      I hear you about 2012 being too soon…but the fact is, she has pre-emptively eclipsed anyone else. I can’t think of anyone else with executive experience to get too excited about (I love Bobby Jindal but can he withstand the “dud” and “Mr.Rogers” label the media has already affixed to him?). And Obama for 8 years?

      Roger Stone thinks Palin is perfectly situated for a 2012 run. I could see a Palin / Jindal ticket. Sarah can certainly get the G.O.P. nod. Really, for gosh sakes, why can’t these “intellectual conservatives” give us some idea of who should run if not Sarah. And if their someone is Romney, tell us why exactly, since his most noteworthy “achievement” as a politician was to ruin health care in Massachusetts.

      Sarah’s going to be a player whether she chooses to throw her hat in the ring or not. She is the voice of a significant number of G.O.P. voters and cannot be ignored, and can certainly be a power broker whether or not she is a party official.

  3. rocketman says:

    I guess Obambi and Plugs and McPain didn’t draw any Senatorial pay while running for higher office. What great guys /s

  4. pdsand says:

    The sordid details don’t matter, the only thing that constitutes “news” here is that there have been 18 ethics complaints filed, and exactly as was anticipated, they have continued after she announced her resignation. Therefore, she has resigned in a cloud of ethics allegations. Corrupt republicans. They never learn.
    *sarcasm off*

  5. jobeth says:

    “And what about the people who offer up these silly accusations?” she asked. “It doesn’t cost them a dime so they’re not going to stop draining public resources — spending other peoples’ money in their game.”

    There is an easy fix for this. It works beautifully in the UK.

    Loser Pays! The loser in a court case must pay for ALL costs and ALL attorny’s fees.

    It would work in all areas from politics to large medical malpractice suits and everything in between.

    It would go a long way to clearing the court’s calenders and get rid of stuff like Palin has had to endure. A lot more cases would be settled out of court. And a LOT more would never be filed in the first place.

    How many of these so called ethics suits would have been filed if ms McCleod and her pals had been made to pay all the costs that Palin and the state of Alaska had to fork over?

    Right of the People, you said…

    “We need 1 national primary so everyone, everywhere in this great country of ours gets to choose.

    We’ve been saying that for years. I will never get why we can’t have it. ONE DAY where EVERYONE, Dem and Rep gets to vote in their own primary. Run it just like the actual election day.

    That would get rid of all this silly stuff like you mentioned. I hate that stuff.

    If ONLY they’d ask US! ;-D We have the all the answers LOL

  6. BillK says:

    What if Sarah goes in as a 3rd party candidate, and drains support from Romney/Huckabee/whomever…

    I can’t go to the polls and vote for Romney/Huckabee so it doesn’t matter to me.

    I would vote for Palin.

    Romney? The man who in Massachusetts essentially pushed the health care bill the House is pushing now? Sorry, no.

    Huckabee? Get serious.

    That’s the problem – given their comments and actions, I can’t just vote for a Republican because they’re “not Obama.”

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