McCain Campaign Clears Palin In Troopergate

October 10th, 2008at 11:29am Posted by Eli

Well, that’s settled.  What a relief!

In an effort to head off the [Branchflower] report, McCain campaign spokesman Taylor Griffin released the campaign’s own version of events. That report, which Griffin said was written by campaign staffers, says the Legislature has taken a legitimate policy dispute between a governor and one of her commissioners, and portrayed it as something inappropriate.

“The following document will prove Walt Monegan’s dismissal was a result of his insubordination and budgetary clashes with Governor Palin and her administration,” campaign officials wrote. “Trooper Wooten is a separate issue.”

Well, if John McCain’s campaign staff thinks his running mate didn’t do anything wrong, that’s good enough for me!  Palin’s lawyer might disagree, though:

Palin’s attorney, Thomas Van Flein, said he had not received a copy of the report. Over the past few days, Van Flein has released affidavits and other documents that Palin’s husband and aides provided to investigators. That rankled some lawmakers but Van Flein said he wanted to make sure Branchflower’s report didn’t take anything out of context.

“Whenever anyone writes their own report, they’re filtering their data. And if you’ve already drawn your conclusion, you tend to filter it in a way to support that conclusion,” he said.

Imagine that.  But I guess we can’t expect a bipartisan committee to be as impartial and committed to the truth as John McCain’s campaign staff.

(h/t Attaturk)

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


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