http://blogs.abcnews.com/theblotter/2008/10/todd-palin-push.html Todd Palin Pushed Firing for Years, Probe Told October 09, 2008 9:26 AM Justin Rood Reports: Todd Palin campaigned for years to get state trooper Mike Wooten fired, he told the Alaska Legislature's "Troopergate" investigator, in a 25-page response to a list of questions. Palin provided his answers to special counsel Stephen Branchflower yesterday, according to news accounts and sources familiar with the probe. Palin's lawyer and the McCain-Palin campaign made the document available to reporters that evening, a move condemned by State Senate officials. "The McCain campaign should not be releasing these documents to you," said Alaska Senate President Lyda Green, R-Wasilla, after learning the camp had offered the document to a reporter, under condition of anonymity. "This is a confidential report," she said. "The campaign should have nothing to do with this." Alaska State Sen. Hollis French, who is managing the investigation, confirmed that the document was not to be made public, and is not being distributed by the investigation. The campaign's release of Todd Palin's answers make the document the only piece of investigative material from Branchflower's probe to become public prior to the expected release of Branchflower's report. That raised eyebrows among some Alaska officials and political observers, who noted how sharply Palin and the campaign have criticized the legislature's probe as political. One McCain-Palin campaign ad called the bipartisan-backed probe "nothing more than a three-ring circus emceed by Obama partisans." Palin, the campaign and her allies have criticized State Sen. French, the probe's manager, for suggesting Branchflower's findings could be an "October surprise" for the campaign, asserted Branchflower lacked impartiality, and pointed out that some Democratic legislators who supported the probe also support Sen. Barack Obama's White House bid. "They're the ones making it political," said Senate President Green, a Republican from Palin's hometown who has nevertheless been a public critic of Palin’s. "Alaskans are perfectly capable of asking questions, getting answers and writing a report." Green said she was shocked at how McCain-Palin campaign aides had acted since arriving in the state in early September. "I can't believe that the campaign would condone this behavior if they truly knew," she said. "I've never seen anything like it."