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McCain camp releases "Troopergate" e-mails

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  1. Angus

    Angus Active Member

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    John McCain campaign releases Palin adminstration e-mails in seeking to quell 'Troopergate'

    By GENE JOHNSON | Associated Press Writer
    6:22 AM EDT, September 16, 2008

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) _ The presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain is trying to put to rest the ethical controversy that's come to be known as "Troopergate," releasing e-mails supporting Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's contention that she dismissed her public safety commissioner over budget disagreements, not because he wouldn't fire her ex-brother-in-law.

    And, the campaign says, Palin is unlikely to speak with an investigator hired by the state legislature to look into the matter.

    Among the e-mails released was one of farewell written by the public safety commissioner himself, Walt Monegan, when he was fired in July. In it, he suggested the governor had reason to believe she had lost his support, and urged his former colleagues to communicate better with her.

    "For anyone to lead effectively they must have the support of their team, and I had waited too long outside her door for her to believe that I supported her," he wrote. "Please, choose a different path."

    The controversy erupted in the weeks following the firing, as it emerged that Palin, her husband, Todd, and several high-level staffers had contacted Monegan about state trooper Mike Wooten, who had gone through a nasty divorce from Palin's sister before she became governor. While Monegan says no one from the administration ever told him directly to fire Wooten, he says they didn't have to: There was nothing subtle about the repeated contacts.

    In July, the four Democrats and eight Republicans on Alaska's Legislative Council voted unanimously to investigate the circumstances of Monegan's dismissal. Although Monegan was an at-will employee who could be fired for almost any reason, lawmakers wanted to see whether Palin tried to use her office to settle a personal score with Wooten.

    The state Senate Judiciary Committee voted Friday to issue subpoenas to 13 people, including Palin's husband, to compel cooperation with the investigation. The campaign said it didn't know if Todd Palin planned to challenge his subpoena.

    The governor has not been subpoenaed, but the investigator hired by the legislature, Steve Branchflower, said Friday he is interested in speaking with her. Campaign spokesman Ed O'Callaghan said that was unlikely as long as the investigation "remains tainted."

    Though the governor initially said she'd cooperate, after she became McCain's running mate in late July, her lawyer sought to have the three-member state Personnel Board take over, alleging that public statements made by the Democratic chair of the Judiciary Committee, Sen. Hollis French, indicated the probe was politically motivated.

    French had said the results of the investigation could constitute an "October surprise" for the McCain campaign. He later apologized. The campaign also insists that French, Branchflower and Monegan are friends, even though the men say they only know each other professionally and have never socialized.

    Democrats charged that the McCain campaign was trying to stall the investigation.

    "Rather than cooperating with the investigation, the Republican presidential campaign is doing everything it can to stall and smear," said Patti Higgins, chairwoman of the Alaska Democratic Party.

    McCain campaign spokeswoman Meg Stapleton denigrated Monegan at a news conference Monday, accusing the three-decade cop of "insubordination," ''obstructionist conduct" and a "brazen refusal" to follow proper channels for requesting money.

    When Monegan was fired, the governor offered to let him head the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. Asked why someone with a history of insubordination would be given such a position, Stapleton said that without having to deal with a budget, Monegan would be able to focus on alcohol abuse issues.

    The governor "respects the fact that he was respected in the community," she said.

    Thomas Van Flein, a lawyer for the governor's office, cited the newly released e-mails Monday in asking the Personnel Board to find no probable cause for an ethics investigation.

    In an interview Monday night, Monegan said Palin never raised concerns about his management. In fact, at an event in May, she singled him out and praised his efforts to reduce violence against native women.

    "In my time as a commissioner, the governor has never talked to me about complaints about my efforts," Monegan said.

    He said all he meant to convey in his farewell letter was that because he was being fired, the governor must have believed he didn't support her, and to the extent his communication skills were to blame, others should avoid his mistake.

    The e-mails made clear that some Palin staffers believed Monegan and the Department of Public Safety worked outside normal channels. One was written in May by Randy Ruaro, then a special assistant to Palin, to the governor's budget director, and concerned efforts to pay for and build a crime lab.

    "I FEEL YOUR PAIN! DPS is constantly going off the reservation," he wrote.

    In February, Monegan signed a public letter of support for a $3.6 million project designed to keep troubled teens off the street in Anchorage — even though the governor had vetoed the project last year and hadn't included money for it in her budget this year.

    "I am stunned and amazed — do you know anything about this?" budget director Karen Rehfeld wrote to two other high-level staffers when she learned of the letter.

    "Think about that: one of the governor's own cabinet members publicly contradicting her veto decision," Stapleton said.

    Monegan acknowledged he shouldn't have signed the letter, because it put the governor in the awkward position of defending her veto decision. But he said he thought of the letter as simply making another run at getting funding for a worthy project.

    The last straw, the McCain campaign said, was in July, when Monegan planned to travel to Washington to seek federal money for a plan to assign troopers, judges and prosecutors who could exclusively handle sexual assault cases — one of the state's most intractable crime problems.

    In a July 7 e-mail, John Katz, the governor's special counsel, noted two problems with the trip: The governor hadn't agreed the money should be sought, and the request was "out of sequence with our other appropriations requests and could put a strain on the evolving relationship between the Governor and Sen. (Ted) Stevens."

    Four days later, Monegan was fired. He said he had kept others in the administration fully apprised of his plans to go to Washington.

    http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/nationworld/sns-ap-palin-troopergate,0,3961484.story
  2. JBond

    JBond Well-Known Member

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    Taser Gate. The cop was was a sociopath that tasered his own son. A very sick man.
  3. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    Look I don't know if palin is at fault in this or the trooper is at fault over this or the guy that was the troopers supervisor who refused to fire him and then got fired.

    That is besides the point for this same old tired taser line I have seen used time and time again.

    And I would be willing to bet that some, seen it more on another board not here, that use it probably don't even know the story behind it.

    Some probably think the kid was causing trouble and the dad took out a taser gun and shot his step son.

    He did not shoot the kid with a taser gun. He had a trainer and attacked it to the kid AFTER THE KID ASKED WHAT IT WAS LIKE. He then sent volts through it...not fired the gun into the boys skins, after the first shock the kid ASKED FOR IT AGAIN. The mother was upstairs at the time and came down and laughed about it. The kid was not harmed, the step father did not fire a taser gun into the boy, the boy asked for it...twice. And they did not take him to the hospital, doctor and the mom had no problem with it at the time.

    Too bad that is really far from the truth and was never an issue at the time until some time later when the woman and step father were going through divorce.

    So the guy could be a real first class scumbag for other things he has done, he can be an idiot for letting the kid get the sensation after the kid literally asked for it, he could be a crappy husband.

    But he did not shoot a kid with a taser gun into his chest for some kind of punishment or abuse as some think.
  4. JBond

    JBond Well-Known Member

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    hey brainpaint, not arguing, but where did you get that info?

    By the way, insorbordination is a is definitely a way to get fired with regards to Monegan.
  5. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    Found some of that info in a fark, another website, thread and looked it up from links on that site.

    Either way it does not mean that he is not guilty of other things. I also am not implying that she is guilty of the other things.

    Just thought that one area should be known.

    The only question I have about all of this investigation is the idea that Palin was reported to say that she would welcome the investigation or be part of the investigation until she was picked as the VP candidate and then changed her tune. Now I don't know if that was her choice to change her mind or the campaigns choice. I don't know why she changed her mind one way or the other.
  6. canters

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    She changed her mind, probably with McCain's encouragement, when the leader of the investigative board mentioned an "October Surpise" when the board delivered its report,,,only problem the board was not nearly finished.
    The remark, whether serious or a joke, was taken as Dem doing Obama's biding.
  7. VietCowboy

    VietCowboy Be Realistic. Demand the Impossible.

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    I'm sure the truth is somewhere in the middle, my problem is her story changes when something new comes out.

    Todd had access to his records through the divorce proceeding...oh,it wasn't release? Well, I had access to it because I'm the Governor and can peak into it whenever I want.

    Why couldn't she just say that in the beginning? Why lie about it in the first place? Seems inconsequential.
  8. ZB9

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    logic seems to be ignored by many in the far left.

    if she was going to fire him because of the trooper, she would have fired him sooner instead of waiting for this budget thing to happen.

    the timing is clear. "In a July 7 e-mail, John Katz, the governor's special counsel, noted two problems with the trip: The governor hadn't agreed the money should be sought, and the request was "out of sequence with our other appropriations requests and could put a strain on the evolving relationship between the Governor and Sen. (Ted) Stevens."

    Four days later, Monegan was fired".


    im sure the trooper was a reason for the deteriorating relationship between Palin and Monehan, but the last straw was clearly the trip involving budget issues.

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