Friday, October 10, 2008
The Sarah Palin Troopergate investigation has concluded and the independent investigator retained by a bipartisan panel of Alaska legislators has concluded that:
That's right, Sarah Palin broke the law and abused the office of Governor of the State of Alaska.
More from ABC News:
So, to recap. Sarah Palin is now shown to be a corrupt, criminal politician who violated an Alaska law designed to prevent abuses of power by public officials by a report issued by a respected independent investigator retained by a majority-Republican panel of Alaska legislators.
Sarah Palin abused her power when she fired her Public Safety Commissioner this July, a state investigation has concluded.
The Alaska legislature voted to release the 263-page report on the "Troopergate" scandal, a state kerfuffle which has come to haunt Gov. Sarah Palin's vice presidential bid. The scandal centered around her firing of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan. Monegan and others believed Palin fired him because he refused to take action against Mike Wooten, a state trooper under him who had been involved in a messy divorce with Palin's sister, Molly.
The investigator, Stephen Branchflower, found that Monegan's refusal to fire Wooten "was not the sole reason" but was "likely a contributing factor" to his firing.
The result? There is absolutely NO intellectually honest reason for McCain to retain Sarah Palin as his running mate -- she is a craven, despicable criminal that violated the law. He must either dump her immediately or go down in history as one of the only candidates for President that found out that his running mate is a criminal and did nothing about it.
No argument necessary.
Update: The key passage of the report. Note the "violating" the law part:
For the reasons explained in section IV of this report, I find that Governor Sarah Palin abused her power by violating Alaska Statute 2952.110(a) of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act.