Posted by: shannynmoore | October 12, 2008

The Truth is Not Partisan

The truth is not partisan.

On Friday, Alaska got the truth. Steve Branchflower had presented his findings of the “Troopergate” inquiry. After hours of debate, the eight Republicans and four Democrats on the Legislative Council voted unanimously to release it to the public. They were the same Council that had voted unanimously for the investigation in July.

The truth is not partisan.

The spin is completely partisan.

The McPalin Campaign have done all they can to make the Lower 48 think the legislative inquiry was a partisan witch hunt. Ed O’Callaghan, a New York prosecutor, has co-speared the smear deliveries with Meg Stapleton. The ridiculous irony to their efforts came in their self anointed title, “Truth Squad.”

Poster boards had accusatory pictures of Alaska Democrats who had cast allied votes for Palin’s policies that would have never passed without them; good, honorable Alaskans ran over by the Strait Talk Express Bus. The McPalin Campaign put out a review of the report the day before the legislature even voted on its release to confuse the truth that may come out.

The Truth: Finding One: For the reasons explained in section IV of this report, I find that Governor Sarah Palin abused her power by violating Alaska Statute 39.52.110(1) of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act. Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) provides
“The legislature reaffirms that each public officer holds office as a public trust, and any effort to benefit a personal or financial interest through official action is a violation of that trust.”

Branchflower’s report says Palin “knowingly, as the term is defined in the above cited statutes, permitted Todd Palin to use the Governor’s Office and the resources of the Governor’s Office, including state employees, to continue to contact subordinate state employees in an effort to find some way to get Trooper Wooten fired. Governor Palin knowingly permitted a situation to continue where impermissible pressure was placed on several subordinates in order to advance a personal agenda … She had the authority and power to require Mr. Palin to cease contacting subordinates, but she failed to act.”

“Compliance with the code of ethics is not optional.” (page 65, Branchflower Report)

The Lie: KTUU Channel 2 News asked the Governor if she thought she had done anything wrong. Palin: “Not at all. And I’ll tell you — I think that you’re always going to ruffle feathers if you do what you believe is in the best interests of the people whom you are serving.” She went on to say she was “pleased to be cleared of any legal wrongdoing…any hint of any kind of unethical activity there.”

The Spin: Palin Vindicated? What? Governor, I know you are a long way from home, but since you are still being paid your state wage, you should spend some time reading the report. Go to page 8. Read finding One. You have abused your power. You have allowed the GOP and the McCain Campaign to abuse the people of Alaska. You have allowed the legal process in Alaska to be abused by the McCain-Palin campaign and James Dobson’s Liberty Legal Institute Attorneys from Texas. Yes, that’s right, the legal team out of a state you wouldn’t stay in to have your baby, but don’t mind them coming here to write legal briefs on your behalf. The truth, Governor Palin, is your ignorance and/or denial of the facts of this brief show you are clearly suffering from Reality Deficit Disorder.

You owe the People of Alaska an apology.


  1. Great post. I will read your posts frequently. Added you to the RSS reader.

  2. Oh, she will get her comeuppance when she comes home, hopefully smeared with some tar and feathers.

  3. wow, she’s really getting delusional.. that or she doesn’t know how to read.

  4. I think the governor’s understanding of the word “ethics” needs work. If ethics are moral principals, what moral principals was she respecting by allowing her feelings about a family member to interfere with her executive judgment?

    The more I see of the Palin administration the more I’m convinced that she is small minded, petty and provincial.

    Believing that you are right is scant justification for violating the public trust. If I was a senior Alaskan government official I’d be watching my back.

  5. Anything with Lyda Green’s involment is suspect. Then there is the issue of those absentee votes, oops, I mean ‘no shows’, for the hearing …

    Look, I’m a far cry from a Palin supporter, but the troopergate investigation was totally bias.

    I walk away thinking, why is Whooten still enforcing the state laws?

    ***************NOTE FROM SHANNYN***************************************************************
    The “absentee” votes were two Republicans. Senator Gary Wilken from Juneau is up for election, and I’m not sure what his story was. Ralph Samuels, Republican Representative from Anchorage, has taken a job with the cruise industry and is not running again. I tried to call him and he was out hunting. The unanimous vote included 8 republicans and 4 dems. John Harris, phoned his vote in. There is no issue with the “absentee votes”, it wouldn’t have made a dent of difference.

    Troopergate was bipartisan

    Wooten still has his job because there have been no complaints against him other than those brought during a divorce by the family of his ex-wife. Those complaints were dealt with by the troopers.

  6. MAE! You are a PALINBOT! She abused her power! PERIOD!!! Where is the BIAS in a legislative committee that has twice as many Republicans as Democrats? Are you confused? Or just stupid? What about the no shows? There were three no show Republicans: Gary Wilken, Ralph Samuels and John Harris. Harris phoned it in-a yes vote; yes to release the report. The other 2 did not vote. That would not change the bi-partisan outcome. This report was damning. PALIN ABUSED HER POWER. PERIOD! What don’t you get about that? Wooten was disciplined more than 3 years ago-before Palin took office. He was suspended without pay. I think he should have been fired but he wasn’t. That does not excuse the governor’s actions and power abuse. This was a personal family vendetta. The governor did not feel threatened-if she did, as she lies about, why did she cut her security detail? So don’t write you’re a far cry from a Palin supporter and then try and defend the indefensible!

    You may as well grab your white hood & torch and attend the next Palin rally when she comes home!

  7. Great post, I’ll be following your blog in the future to see what else you write.

  8. Great article
    Gov. Palin should be recalled.

  9. Sarah, get another pair of glasses as you can’t read with the ones you are wearing. Or is it just another lie to benefit you? People are smarter than you think. You are the most stupid broad that has come along in a long while.

  10. “Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.” Confucius.

    One grave for Todd, which he is already standing in, and another for Sarah’s political career for when she returns.

    Someone should buy the Palin’s a copy of Shakespeare’s Hamlet for their winter reading.

  11. All eyes will be on Sarah and Todd Palin, and Alaska going forward. Their reign as Queen and King of Alaska has ended.

    I just don’t see the Palin’s being apologetic as we know McCain will be. In fact, McCain will probably blame Palin as a poor choice and the reason his campaign failed.

    At least, there’s always Faux News with that journalism degree.

  12. VOTE!
    Did Palin abuse her power?

    3 on line news polls

  13. Shannyn,
    I still don’t agree that the release of this report means the committee agreed. Look at Kyle Hopkins video. Elton clearly states (I paraphrase) “let me be clear, this report is not a product of the Legislative Council. Our members don’t agree what it means…

    But that isn’t why I am writing.

    I am writing because a humorous conversation happened and a committee of friends voted by majority to rename Wasilla “Palingradville”…

    I thought you might like that.

  14. Sean,
    Just because I don’t slam palin means i’m a palinbot? Personally, I only like to slam The Dom, the guppy, Halcrow, Frank the Bank, all repub mayors of anchorage, Lyda Green… (my short list)

    I only trust law enforcment of the VPSO ‘variety’. I believe there are many other bad cops in this state!

    Whooten is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to enforcement abuse of power in AK.

    Here is a thought for you (thank Anch. Assembly Rep. Starr of Eagle River for the ‘memory & attitude’)… What whooten & palin need is a little drop off out on the upper Cook Inlet mudflats, with a windchill of 5 below, at night, and no cell.

    Face it folks, Alaska State Troopers in Alaska are allowed to be bad. Complaints lodged against them = yeah right… Add a little obsession with that complaint and the bad cop is exposed, to the benefit of famlies like mine.

    Signed by Mae
    A former VPSO..

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