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Ethics Complaint Filed Against New Palin Alaska Governor Sarah

By Michael Webster: Investigative reporter September 3, 2008 10:30 a.m. PDT

New ethics complaint is being filed against Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin today before the end of next business day. The complaint states misconduct by the governor and his office staff based on records where improperly made pubic.

John Cyr of Wasilla, Alaska, Executive Director Public Safety Employees (PSEA) told the Laguna Journal that "our attorney Steve Sorenson of Juneau Alaska will present the meet before the end of the day today's business. "The grievances include the illegal release of records of Alaska State Trooper Michael Wooten the former brother-in-law of the governor, according to Mr. Cyr.

Attorney Sorenson said that the presentation is with the State Of Alaska Department of Law ethics attorney Judy Bockmon.

In her two executive Jobs In Alaska, Palin ousted top law enforcement officials because they were not sufficiently loyal or not malleable enough.

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Gov. Sarah Palin

One of those firings has already put Gov. Sarah Palin at the center of an ongoing legislative investigation that presumably will be required to testify about whether she was behind efforts by her husband and senior staff to pressure state's public safety commissioner to fire her former brother-in-law of the state police.

When the commissioner, former police chief Anchorage Walter Monegan, refused to go along, which was summarily ousted by Palin without explanation.

If Palin used her office to punish government a personal enemy – or that she fired the public safety commissioner because he refused to join in family feud – the Republicans may have trouble continuing to sell Governor Palin as a reformer and may decline as McCain's VP

Alaska Newspapers and other media say it now appears that Sarah Palin shares Bush administration of view on putting cronies in key law enforcement posts. As mayor of the small town of Wasilla 10,000 population and in a state of only about 300,000 people managed as mayor and then as governor of Alaska, who fired two top law enforcement officials when they do not show sufficient loyalty or obedience to it.

Ousting the Chief

In 1996, after winning election as mayor of Wasilla then with a population of about 5,000, Palin sought to oust six department heads because he had signed a letter supporting the previous mayor, his former boss. Ultimately, Palin dismissed two of them, including the police chief.

Wasilla ousted police chief, Irl Stambaugh, sued Palin in 1997 for alleged violation of contract wrongful termination and gender discrimination The police chief claimed Palin fired him not for cause but for being disloyal and because he was a man whose size – 6 feet and 200 pounds – intimidated her.

However, a federal judge dismissed Stambaugh demand.

So, having escaped serious damage for punishing violations The police chief of Wasilla for a supposed lack of political loyalty, Palin had no reason to throw its weight around when he became governor of Alaska in December 2006.

By then, Palin was deeply involved in his family revenge against her ex-husband's sister, Trooper Michael Wooten. Through complaints to his superiors, Palin had helped engineer a five-day suspension Wooten from the state police in early 2006 for various examples of personal misconduct.

In January 2007, within a month of Palin, her husband, Todd Palin invited new public safety commissioner Monegan to the governor's office, where Todd Palin urged Monegan to reopen the Wooten case. After checking on it, Monegan informed Todd Palin that he could not do anything because the case was closed.

In an interview with the Washington Post, Monegan said that a few days, the governor also called him about Wooten and he gave the same answer. Monegan said Gov. Palin brought the issue back on February 1, 2007 meeting at the state capitol, prompting his warning that should retire.

However, Monegan, said Gov. Palin kept bringing the issue indirectly through e-mails, such as comparing another bad actor "my brother's ex-brother-or that soldier who used to be associated with. "

Monegan also began to receive phone calls from Palin's aides about Wooten soldier, including the then chief of staff Mike Tibbles, Commissioner Annette Kreitzer, Department of Administration and Attorney General Talis Colberg.

Questioning 'process'

Colberg acknowledged making the call, after an inquiry from Todd Palin about "the process" for handling a threatening trooper, and then communicate the response from Monegan that the issue had been handled and nothing more could be done.

Monegan also told the Post that he warned each caller about the risk of exposing the state of legal liability if Wooten filed a lawsuit.

However, Todd Palin continued collecting evidence against Wooten and lobbying for his dismissal. The governor's husband acknowledged giving Wooten's boss, Col. Audie Holloway, photos of Wooten driving a snowmobile while he was out of work on a worker's compensation claim.

Alaska Deputy Attorney General Michael Barnhill told the Post that a staff member of the Governor the personnel director Diane Kiesel, also made at least one call to Col. Holloway about the snowmobile incident. [Washington Post, August 31, 2008]

The July 11, 2008, Palin abruptly fired Monegan, saying only that he wanted the public safety department in a different direction.

Monegan then went public their side of the mounting campaign against Wooten from the governor's family and staff. Monegan told the Anchorage Daily News that Todd Palin showed him the work of a private investigator, who had been hired by the family to dig into Wooten's life and was accusing the trooper of various crimes, such as drunk driving and child abuse.

Though Palin insisted that he participated in the lobbying campaign, a review by the Office of the Attorney General found that half a dozen state officials had made about two dozen phone calls regarding Wooten.

A recording of a conversation – between Palin's chief of boards and commissions Frank Bailey and police Lt. Rodney Dial in February 2008 – revealed Bailey saying: "Todd and Sarah scratch their heads, "Why on earth … is this guy still representing the department?"

Expanded Research

On 2 August, the state legislature launched its own investigation to determine whether Palin "used her public office to set a private account." A panel bipartisan appointed special prosecutor Steve Branchflower to investigate and report back in a few months.

After Palin learned of Branchflower's appointment, he asked whether the investigation will be fair and objected to a comment from Democratic state Sen. Hollis French about the possibility that the case might lead to impeachment the governor.

Palin spokeswoman Sharon Leighow said: "Companies that raise the impeachment of" raises questions as to how a fair number senators may intend for this to be. "[Anchorage Daily News, August 2, 2008]

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