Soon after John McCain introduced Sarah Palin as his running mate, we learned of the “Troopergate” scandal. Sarah Palin’s sister went through a messy divorce, and her ex-husband had threatened to kill Palin’s father, drank alcohol in his patrol car, and tasered their 10-year-old son. There is no doubt that he should have been removed from his job, but apparently people were questioning whether or not Sarah Palin, as governor of Alaska, should have been pushing for his removal.
Sarah Palin, herself, asked for a full investigation into the matter, and I am glad she did. In doing so, she brought to light the facts about her former brother-in-law, she brought to light the partisan nature of witch-hunts in Alaska, and most of all she brought to light the fact that she did nothing improper or unlawful when she fired Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan.
Stephen Branchflower was contracted by the Alaska Legislative Council to investigate the matter and issue a report, including recommendations, for action by the Legislature. He released his report on Friday. The full report is available here on 101 Dead Armadillos.
Branchflower came up with four findings in his 263 page report, for the purposes of this post I am only discussing the first two, since the final two have no bearing on the subject of this post.
The first finding explains that Governor Sarah Palin abused her power by violating Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act.
If you read the entire report, you will find that Branchflower reaches this first conclusion because Todd Palin, the first Dude, kept repeatedly calling for the removal of Michael Wooten. Branchflower felt Sarah Palin abused her power by asking for Wooten’s removal herself, and not asking her husband to stop. Ouch. Who wouldn’t call for his removal? He was a schmuck. He abused his child, he abused his position as a trooper, and he should have been removed from his position as a trooper immediately.
The second finding proves how asinine the whole “investigation” was in the first place. Here is the quote from the finding:
I find that, although Walt Monegan’s refusal to fire Trooper Michael Wooten was not the sole reason he was fired by Governor Sarah Palin, it was likely a contributing factor to his termination as Commissioner of Public Safety. In spite of that, Governor Palin’s firing of Commissioner Monegan was a proper and lawful exercise of her constitutional and statutory authority to hire and fire executive branch department heads.
In one statement he claims she violated ethics standards, yet in the second statement he says she acted properly and lawfully. How could he come to that conclusion? Any moron knows you cannot violate a state statute and act “lawfully”, therefore his entire report is nothing but hogwash.
So who is this Stephen Branchflower guy? Apparently the “independent investigator” is anything but independent. Snooper has a good summary of all of the news coverage surrounding the release of the report and points out, via Macsmind that Branchflower is a registered Democrat. He is also a staunch Barack Obama supporter, and he isn’t the only one either. Hollis French, a Democratic member of the Alaska state Senate and the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and several members of the “bipartisan” group investigating the matter are also Obama supporters.
A lot of time and money was wasted on this investigation, which has done nothing but clear Governor Palin of any wrongdoing. The people of Alaska should be asking their state Legislature to refund the $100,000 they spent to come to this conclusion.
Hollis French wanted to deliver an awesome “October Surprise” to Barack Obama, but all he did was prove that when you venture out of the scum at the bottom of the pond the most you can do is muddy the water.