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    Todd Palin had unusual access to wife’s staff

    By MATT APUZZO Associated Press Writer

    Oct 9th, 2008 | 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.

    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.

    Todd Palin had unusual access to wife's staff - Salon.com
    Much of what Todd submitted doesn't seem to hold up under scrutiny:
    After complaining for the last five weeks about how politics and the media had taken over the intended bi-partisan investigation into Governor Palin's firing of former Department of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan, Todd Palin's deposition was leaked to the media on the same day it was delivered to special investigator Steve Branchflower.

    Apparently the first dude was trying to get out in front of a fast moving train.

    In his 25 page response, Palin covers old ground about his concerns about State Trooper Mike Wooten and events that occurred years before his wife was elected governor. In fact what Palin's deposition shows is a guy who isn't concerned about the safety of his family, it's about a guy who is trying to get even and trying to use the power of his wife's office to accomplish the task.

    We've broken down some of the more curious responses and half truths in his depositions, many of which we written about over the last few months.

    Page 1, Line 17: "(Wooten) illegally shot a cow moose without a permit"
    Palin of course leaves out the fact that his entire family knew the moose was shot illegally in 2003 but that didn't stop him and his family from butchering and eating the meat, only to file the complaint two years later when Wooten was divorcing Sarah's sister.
    Page 2, Line 16: "In 2005 and 2006, State Trooper Mike Wooten was the subject of a court ordered domestic violence protective order."

    Palin of course leaves out the fact that the order was granted while Wooten was out of state taking his step son to Portland. While he was away, Sarah Palin and her sister went before a judge in Palmer and convinced the judge to grant the order without any evidence of domestic violence. Upon his return, Anchorage Judge John Suddock questioned Palin's sister and immediately revoked the order, calling it an egregious abuse of the legal system.

    Page 3, Line 1: "Threats against a public official, and his or her family, fall within the responsibilities of the Department of Public Safety."


    True. But the last complaint of any threat occurred over a year before Governor Palin was elected.
    In fact, once the divorce was final in early 2006, there were no more complaints or concerns voiced officially against Trooper Wooten.

    By the time Palin was elected governor, the Wooten issue was all over except for Todd's obsession.
    Page 3, Line 13: "I was not aware of the Grimes report until July 2008, after Monegan left the government."

    This is a blatant untruth. Monegan made it very clear that Wooten had already been punished and that is why he couldn't take any further action unless Wooten made another mistake. This is exactly why Monegan kept pushing back when pressured because he legally couldn't take any retro-active action against an employee who had already been punished because it would have violated Wooten's employee rights.

    Page 4, Line 3: "I had hundreds of conversations and communications about Trooper Wooten over the last several years with my family, friends, with colleagues, just about everyone I could including government officials."


    In a July 18, 2008 press release, Governor Palin stated; “To allege that I, or any member of my family....directed disciplinary action be taken against any employee of the Department of Public Safety, is, quite simply, outrageous.

    But yet according to Todd Palin's deposition he complained about Trooper Mike Wooten to Mike Tibbles, Randy Ruaro, Ivey Frye, Frank Bailey, Mike Nizich, John Bitney, John Glass and Audie Holloway.
    In addition, during an interview with former Legislative Liason John Bitney last July, he said, "People don't know just how much weight Todd's words have. When Todd Palin makes a suggestion, it's not really a suggestion."
    Having this many conversations, over two years after the last interaction with Wooten shows a pattern of Palin's obsession with getting even with Wooten.

    Page 5, Line 3: "I make no apologies for wanting to protect my family and wanting to publicize the injustice of a violent Trooper keeping his badge."


    This comment makes no sense when considered in the scope of his actions.

    First, his family was never in danger. In fact a few months ago Governor Palin felt safe enough on her own to become the first governor to ever discontinue her security detail. Does that really sound like someone who is concerned about a rogue trooper patrolling the neighborhood?
    Second, Todd Palin didn't publicize anything. In fact this didn't even become public until Monegan got fired and we broke the story on this blog.
    If this really was a case of a "violent trooper keeping his badge", why in the world hasn't the governor done anything to protect the public? Why didn't she hold a press conference and talk about the need to protect the public's safety or introduce legislation or even offer an amendment to any number of suitable pieces of legislation that were making their way through the legislative process?
    Why didn't Governor Palin do something, anything, to change the way Trooper's investigate their own to protect the public against future rogue troopers?

    The answer is simple; this wasn't about the public being at risk, it was about the Palin's getting even.
    Page 5, Line 18: "It is tragic that because Trooper Wooten told a false story to a blogger who repeated it, the legislature has allocated over $100,000 of public money to harass me and numerous other innocents."

    Other innocents? Like Frank Bailey who in a recorded phone call to State Trooper Rodney Dial was trying to get Trooper Wooten fired and inferred he was calling on behalf of Todd and Sarah Palin?

    In a taped interview with Anchorage Daily News Reporter Kyle Hopkins on August 14, Governor Palin stated unequivocally that Frank Bailey acted completely on his own.
    "No one ever directed him to make any calls, he never disclosed he made any calls," Governor Palin said.

    However this turned out to be not true.
    On February 29, an email was sent from Frank Bailey to Ivy Frye just after Bailey's recorded phone call to Trooper Dial.

    "Leaving pretty quick for the airport...call me though I need to give you a heads up. Spoke to Rodney and he doesn't get that kind of stuff since he's a Lieutenant, but he'd definitely pass it on."

    Not only that, but Palin also told Hopkins that "Todd never told Frank Bailey or suggest he take on this mission to call a trooper."

    However according to state phone logs, Todd Palin called Ivy Frye three times between 1:45pm and 3:50pm on the afternoon of February 28, the day before Bailey's call to Dial.

    This set off a flurry of emails which included Todd Palin in the loop and only ended a little more than an hour after Bailey called to try and get Wooten fired.
    Then, after all this, Bailey reportedly has testified that the confidential information he received regarding Wooten's personnel file that he passed along to Trooper Dial came from none other than Todd Palin.
    Page 12, Lines 1 through 14, Palin talked about how he and the governor were frustrated with Monegan because whenever they need to use the Department of Public Safety King Air, it was always busy.

    "We were concerned that the Department of Public Safety was retaliating against Sarah for selling the Murkowski jet that Department of Public Safety officials enjoyed using."


    Just one big problem with this assertion; the jet was put on the block before any of Palin's Public Safety Officials could use it. Ironically, Palin has been using the sale of the jet to promote her fiscal prowess on the national stage, telling Americans she sold it on ebay because the department and Alaska didn't need it.

    Page 12, Lines 22 to 25: There was an email on June 30, 2008 from Monegan that had the annual AST 2007 report. I was aware that Sarah was not happy with the report. Sarah was having difficulty finding out who had authored it and who was going to take responsibility for it."

    The report, which outlined the state crime statistics for 2007 was compiled by the public safety department. In an interview with the Anchorage Daily News in August, Monegan spoke about delivering the annual DPS crime report to Governor Palin where she replied, "This makes me look bad."
    It's understandable why according to Todd, "Sarah was not happy with the report", it showed crime was increasing significantly in Alaska under her watch as governor.

    The fact that Todd states that she wanted to know who authored it and who was going to take responsibility for it shows just how out of touch she is as governor.

    As governor, the buck is stops with her. She is ultimately responsible for the rising rates of crime in Alaska, especially since she has made a fuss about trying to cut the budget at DPS.

    This again makes the point that some have made for two years; this administration has been focused more on public relations than public policy....or in this case, public safety.

    Todd's Deposition: A Dud from the Dude | AndrewHalcro.com
    Sounds like Friday is going to be like Christmas when that report is released!

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    Sounds like Todd is getting ready to take the fall for his idiot wife.
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    ^Except she's the one who's responsible since she's the Gov! I see either an impeachment & removal from office or a recall election in her future!

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    ^^Maybe Christmas will come early this year?
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    Good God, they've even managed to invent new means of corruption and deception! Under their "governing" Alaska is best compared to a cesspool!
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    I do not believe any charges will come from this. They are as guilty as can be but there does not appear to be any actual provable ties. They were a little smarter than I would have ever given them for. I hope I am wrong though. I would love to see them go down for this abuse of power.

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    He's trying to take the fall and is perjuring himself. They've already taken testimony from the lady at unemployment that said Sarah called her directly and asked her to scupper the Sherriff's unemployment bennies.
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    ^^ Well that is great news!

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    Actually I misspoke, he was getting worker's comp, not unemployment.
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    Still great news that someone is actually testifying that they personally took a call from the Gov where she was abusing her power.

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    ^There's been quite a bit of evidence already released to the public like the phone call one of Palin's aides (Frank Bailey) made to another trooper. That was released publicly. The Palin aide insinuated he was calling on Todd and Sarah's behalf. That phone call itself is pretty incriminating. You can listen to it in full online. It's long though.

    I think the Palins are toast in this case. That's why the McCain camp has been trying to derail it since they picked Palin as VP. Also, Sarah has basically killed all her political capital in the legislature since she's become the VP nominee by the way she's conducted herself. It would be almost impossible for her to remain as a governor next year and get anything done. She's screwed all her allies over and they're not going to help her in the future.

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    Burn bitch burn!

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    Hopefully this will be the end of Palin's political career!

    What in the world will she do with herself? Would she have to get an ordinary job like the rest of us?

    Crap, I bet FOX news would hire her as a political commentator. She's like a cockroach, you step on her and her legs just keep on wiggling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hotncmom View Post
    Hopefully this will be the end of Palin's political career!

    What in the world will she do with herself? Would she have to get an ordinary job like the rest of us?

    Crap, I bet FOX news would hire her as a political commentator. She's like a cockroach, you step on her and her legs just keep on wiggling.
    Oh, I could see that happening. That would fit her perfectly: criticizing those in power while you're safe standing at the sideline, so sure of how things SHOULD be done! And then ending all her commentaries with some snarky remark, an awwshucks saying and a wink or twitch, or wink AND twitch. And a smirk, or two. Or all the above.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fluffy View Post
    I think the Palins are toast in this case.
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