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Todd Palin had unusual access to wife's staff

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  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Do it for the Vine! Staff Member

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    By MATT APUZZO, Associated Press Writer
    Thu Oct 9, 4:10 AM ET



    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin remained in the dark while her husband repeatedly asked top state officials to help get his former brother-in-law kicked off the state police force, Palin's husband and top aides said in affidavits provided to The Associated Press.

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    Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee, is the focus of a legislative investigation into whether she abused her authority by firing the state's public safety commissioner to settle a long-standing family dispute. The commissioner says he was fired after resisting pressure to fire Mike Wooten, a trooper involved in a bitter divorce with Palin's sister.

    The investigation has been a distraction for John McCain's presidential campaign. Lawmakers were scheduled to meet Friday and release a report on the case, which could shed light on how Palin governs and what role her husband played in her administration.

    The affidavits filed with investigators late Wednesday will probably help Palin's defense that the firing was not a tit-for-tat, but they also portray her as uninvolved while her husband met repeatedly with her aides about family affairs. That could provide fodder for her political opponents.

    "I have heard criticism that I am too involved in my wife's administration," Todd Palin wrote in his affidavit. "My wife and I are very close. We are each other's best friend. I have helped her in her career the best I can, and she has helped me."

    The documents, released on the same day the state Supreme Court heard arguments in a lawsuit designed to block the probe, describe Todd Palin's extraordinary level of access to a variety of the governor's top aides.

    He told them emotional stories about Wooten threatening and emotionally abusing his family. He said he talked to anyone who would listen. He gave them photos and documents, which they forwarded to others in the administration, and he questioned how Wooten kept his job.

    Even Gov. Palin's special assistant, Ivy Frye, said she was distraught when she was told about the situation.

    "I've felt empathy for the Palin and Heath families in having to endure harassment, intimidation, threats and abuse from a former family member," Frye wrote.

    But Frye said she never talked about it with the governor or mentioned the idea of asking Public Safety Commissioner Walter Monegan to fire Wooten.

    Monegan says he was fired for not dismissing Wooten, a claim that touched off the politically charged investigation just before McCain chose Palin as his running mate. Palin says she fired Monegan over a budget dispute. The documents filed late Wednesday bolster that claim and also describe an effort by Monegan to wrest control of the department away from Palin.

    Todd Palin said he never pressured anyone — including his wife. In fact, he says that after talking about the matter with her repeatedly, she finally told him to "drop it."

    "Anyone who knows Sarah knows she is the governor and she calls the shots," Todd Palin wrote. "I make no apologies for wanting to protect my family and wanting to publicize the injustice of a violent trooper keeping his badge."

    Republican lawmakers argued Wednesday before the state Supreme Court that the legislative inquiry should be shut down and the report not released. Palin is not a part of that lawsuit. The state's personnel board also is looking into the matter and Palin has said she feels that inquiry is more appropriate.

    The Supreme Court said it would rule promptly but did not say when.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081009/ap_on_el_pr/palin_troopergate
  2. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    The title sounds kinky...if you are a pervert like me.:D
  3. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    As Mel Brooks said it is good to be the king. :laugh2: or the husband of the queen.
  4. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    The title also made me think...so she is like Hillary, anatomically speaking. :laugh2:
  5. Heisenberg

    Heisenberg Pow! Pow!

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    I was about to come in here and ask that people reverse the title. It'd definitely be more interesting.
  6. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    Unusual access- compared to what?
  7. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament... Zone Supporter

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    It's funny... I didn't hear the media complaining about the access that Hillary Clinton had during the Clinton administration...

    If I'm not mistaken, she's responsible for a few more firings that the Palins...
  8. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    I remember hearing people complain all the time about her and Nancy reagan having too much power.

    But that is just me.
  9. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament... Zone Supporter

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    I'm not talking about people... I'm talking about the press...

    People that don't support the candidate in office are always going to complain...
  10. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    The press at that time is much different than they are now, plus the internet was not around to make any blogger an unofficial press person.
  11. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Do it for the Vine! Staff Member

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    I thought they did, as well...especially Hillary. I think she was one of the least-liked first ladies.
  12. Sasquatch

    Sasquatch Lost in the Woods

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    Maybe not anymore but at the time I seem to recall a steady clamor from the partisans of the right about the First Lady's undue influence.
  13. Rack Bauer

    Rack Bauer Federal Agent

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    I'm a pervert... but I sure as hell ain't a pervert like YOU.


    I hope not anyway. :D
  14. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament... Zone Supporter

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    again... not from the press...
  15. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    Because you are not sexy enough and you don't have a boiler room belly full of sex thetans and therefore do not have the same amount of power to run your love motor. It's a curse being so darn sexy.

    ~cue Mac Davis~
  16. Sasquatch

    Sasquatch Lost in the Woods

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    Prove it. :p:
  17. Rack Bauer

    Rack Bauer Federal Agent

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    My love motor is solar powered, Foo.


    And I've seen your cheerleader pic... that is NOT sexy.

    Disturbing is the word I'd use. :D
  18. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    Liar...I know you printed it off and hung it in the garage to give you inspiration while working on your car.

    Then again, maybe that is why you have not worked on your car in some time because you are afraid to go into the garage and see that picture. :laugh2:
  19. Rack Bauer

    Rack Bauer Federal Agent

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    Ok I admit it. :D
  20. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    Well what did you expect?

    He is the First Dude.

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