Once Again We Ask…

1 comment September 19th, 2008at 10:30pm Posted by Eli

…Dishonest or incompetent?  Or both?

An internal government document obtained by ABC News appears to contradict Sarah Palin’s most recent explanation for why she fired her public safety chief, 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 administration’s 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.

The document, a state travel authorization form, shows that Palin’s chief of staff, Mike Nizich, approved Monegan’s trip to Washington D.C. “to attend meeting with Senator Murkowski.” The date next to Nizich’s signature reads June 18.

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In Palin’s court filing Monday to stop an investigation by her state Personnel Board she earlier had requested her lawyer, Thomas V. Van Flein, included numerous emails from her staff expressing confusion and incredulity over Monegan’s planned D.C. trip. None of those emails were sent by or to Nizich, although he was cc’d on several.

Contacted Friday, Monegan confirmed the travel authorization was to pursue funding for the anti-sexual-violence program. He said the travel authorization form was completed in a fashion consistent with practice, even though it showed no expenditures. The signed form approved the travel, he said, and authorized him to use a government credit card or seek reimbursement for expenses he incurred during the trip.

Okay, let me see if I can follow this.  Governor Palin is vehemently denying that she fired Monegan because he wouldn’t fire her allegedly abusive ex-brother-in-law, and claiming that she fired him because he went on an anti-rape lobbying trip… that her office approved? Have I got that about right?

Kinda seems to me that even if her claim that she fired him for being overzealous about preventing rape exposes her to less legal jeopardy, it doesn’t exactly sound like a political winner.

“I didn’t fire Monegan because he wouldn’t fire my abusive ex-brother in law, how dare you suggest such a thing!  No, I fired him because he went on a lobbying trip to DC, which my office approved, to try to prevent rapes!  I mean, some things are just beyond the pale… so to speak.”

Also worth noting, if I’m reading that last paragraph correctly (which I’m probably not), Monegan didn’t try to claim any per diem expenses… unlike, say, his boss, who was claiming them when she was at home.

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Elections,Palin,Politics,Republicans,Sexism

1 Comment

  • 1. Spear and Magic  |  September 20th, 2008 at 11:01 am

    Between this, the adopting the policy of having women pay for their own rape kits while she was mayor, and opposing a rape exception to an abortion ban, I’m starting to sense a bizarre pattern here.

    Maybe a 527 should run a “Palin: Soft on Rape” ad. Or better yet, we should start a dirty tricks 527, “Rapists for Palin,” and do some campaign calls on her behalf, extolling her breakthrough policies that would make the world “safer for rapists like you and me.”


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