Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin acted “within proper and lawful authority” in removing the state’s public safety commissioner, the McCain-Palin Republican presidential ticket said on Friday in response to a state report.
An Alaska ethics inquiry found on Friday that Palin, John McCain’s vice presidential candidate, abused the power of her state office in connection with the dismissal of Alaska Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan.
The state investigation centered on whether the firing of Monegan was linked to Palin’s personal feud with Michael Wooten, a state trooper involved in a contentious divorce with the governor’s sister.
The inquiry found that while it was within the governor’s authority to dismiss Monegan, she violated the public trust by pressuring those who worked for her to act in a way that advanced her personal wishes.
“Governor Palin knowingly permitted a situation to continue where impermissible pressure was placed on several subordinates in order to advance a personal agenda, to wit: to get Trooper Michael Wooten fired,” the report said.
The McCain-Palin statement said, “Today’s report shows that the Governor acted within her proper and lawful authority in the reassignment of Walt Monegan.”
via Reuters Palin says report says she acted lawfully
I suggest the McCain/Palin camp re-read the report released by the Alaska independent legislative council, because obviously they missed some key passages. The one in my possession says quite clearly that the governor does have the authority to fire at will, but if the dismissal is done for reasons of personal or financial gain, it is a violation of the public trust, and thus, unethical and unlawful. Sarah Palin broke the law and betrayed those she promised to serve.
As the report said, “It is declared that high moral and ethical standards among public officers in the executive branch are essential to assure the trust, respect, and confidence of the people of this state.”
However the GOPpers choose to spin this, character-impaired Sarah Palin used the power of her office in an immoral and unethical manner. She diminished the prestige of the governor’s office and violated her constituents’ trust. (And I won’t even get into the activities of her spouse. Imagine him wheeling and dealing behind the scenes in Blair House or — egad — the West Wing of the White House.) Offering such ludicrous spin just makes the Alaska governor and the McCain/Palin campaign look even worse.
Credit where it is due, though: It takes a lot to make the Republicans look worse after disgusting spectacles like this:
Well, guess what. They pulled it off. After this, Sarah Palin’s judgment of Barack Obama or anyone else — and John McCain’s judgment and fitness to lead — are completely suspect.