First, we hear that Alaska’s First Dude, Todd Palin is acting like he is above the law — and could pay a price. Now, ABC News lands a scoop showing Gov. Sarah Palin perhaps played fast and loose with truth — again:
An internal government document obtained by ABC News appears to contradict Sarah Palins most recent explanation for why she fired her public safety chief Walt Monegan, the move which prompted the now-contested state probe into “Troopergate.”
Fighting back against allegations she may have fired her then-Public Safety Commissioner, Walt Monegan, for refusing to go along with a personal vendetta, Palin on Monday argued in a legal filing that she fired Monegan because he had a “rogue mentality” and was bucking her administrations directives.
“The last straw,” her lawyer argued, came when he planned a trip to Washington, D.C., to seek federal funds for an aggressive anti-sexual-violence program. The project, expected to cost from $10 million to $20 million a year for five years, would have been the first of its kind in Alaska, which leads the nation in reported forcible rape.
The McCain-Palin campaign echoed the charge in a press release it distributed Monday, concurrent with Palin’s legal filing. “Mr. Monegan persisted in planning to make the unauthorized lobbying trip to D.C.,” the release stated.
But the governor’s staff authorized the trip, according to an internal travel document from the Department of Public Safety, released Friday in response to an open records request.
Read it and hum a folk song: “…When will they ever learn?”