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Meet the Shadow Governor of Alaska...Todd Palin

Sarah Palin, a la John McCain, has reinvented and rebranded herself as the new independent ethical broom, in Alaska, but as 'Newsweek' reveals; in practice, she has acted more like an old ward healer, that presages what any McCain/Palin administration might look like, as if we didn`t have a bad enough example with the Bush/Cheney administration.

In Juneau, Palin has given jobs to friends and appointed lobbyists to oversee industries they used to represent. There's nothing illegal about it--that's business as usual in politics. But part of Palin's appeal is that she markets herself as a reformer who fights against cronyism, when in fact her record shows her to be, in many ways, a typical politician who rewards her friends and punishes her enemies.

So now Alaska patronage goes exclusively through the Palins', and not just by the Washington D.C. route, via Ted Stevens. I suppose that is change, and I say the Palins, because her husband whom she charmingly calls `the first dude` is acting as the non-accountable, shadow governor or vice-governor.

Todd Palin was even copied the confidential emails of his wife when she was dealing with the Alaska /Trans- Canada gas pipeline, emails that Palin (Sarah) claims as executive privilege and thereby won`t allow the public to view. She also permits even encourages her husband, without warning, to sit in on many of her confidential 'executive' meetings to the discomfort of the other participants.

Let us be clear, Todd Palin is not a member of the executive branch, nor is he even a government employee. He is a member of the general public

Claiming executive privilege but copying the same confidential emails of the public`s business to your husband, and at the same time prohibiting the public to see them by refusing to release them, is not normally permitted in an American state, even one that seems to be run like a Restoration family fiefdom.

Don`t they have freedom of information laws in Alaska, in the twenty-first century or is the citizentry there so cowed or intimidated? Maybe one of our Alaska commenters can help me?

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Steve, you wrote:

"So now Alaska patronage goes exclusively through the Palins', and not just by the Washington D.C. route, via Ted Stevens."

This is really unbelievable. You'd think the Palins, namely Sarah, was Governor or something and it was her job to appoint political jobs to people in the State. Rediculous!

Steve also repeats what he's heard elsewhere:

"is acting as the non-accountable, shadow governor or vice-governor."

Of course, this is just an accusation, not that there's any evidence of this. Then again, the absence of evidence is evidence in and of itself!

Steve finally wrote:

"Maybe one of our Alaska commenters can help me?"

I'm not from Alaska but i'm pretty sure accusations require evidence in all 50 States. Unlike say, on liberal blogs, for example, you actually need evidence for people to believe you. Shame, that.

Steve Crickmore:

Baggi, `Why Walt Monegan got fired: Palin's abuse of power`

The problem for Palin was that Monegan was vocal about his concerns about the growing problems in rural Alaska due to alcohol and drug abuse and recognized that the state needed to invest more in protecting the public.

A few months ago, Monegan warned that Troopers were stretched so thin with no funding support coming from the administration that they might not be able to respond to all calls and even suggested the department prepare a statement for when those situations occurred

Monegan and his department were getting too far out in front of Palin, acting in ways that were independent and contrary to the governor's wishes. Palin needed to replace Monegan with someone who would be seen but not heard while doing the governor's bidding.

That's why Palin replaced Monegan with Chuck Kopp from Kenai, an old Palin family acquaintance who is more likely to follow the governor's line and never say no.

Family friend, Chuck Kopp didn`t last long, because Palin didn`t properly vet him and dismissed the sex harassment complaint and rumors against him, and this for someone who was going to be in charge of the state's Public Safety. You would think that Palin being a woman, would have been a touch more sensitive to these charges.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

Palin (and McCain) are cut from the same sleazy cloth as President Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Alberto Gonzales, Dick Libby, etc....

Republican scum.


Guys (both on the left and right):

I am all for a vigorous debate. Descriptions like "Republican scum" are still within fair game, as I've done plenty and more along those lines.

But I am seriously requesting for one thing this election. And that is calling for a fair election. After a vigorous campaign, let's let legal votes determine who is the winner. I ask with all sincerity that all the cheating that the left does, with dead people, criminals, people with dementia being "assisted" in voting democrat, offering cigarettes to people in Florida to vote for Gore, lawsuits to keep polls open in the inner city until 11 pm -- you must agree that these shenanigans associated with democrats must stop if we're to have a fair electoral process. So let's have a vigorous campaign, but I ask those of you to the left, let's let a fair election determine the winner.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

Wow, nehemiah -- making excuses for losing two months before election day - a new Republican record.



Who is this Halco guy and why should I believe his version of events?

Steve Crickmore:

Andrew Halco
seems to have a pretty good hand on the pulse of Alaska politics.

Halcro announced his candidacy for the 2006 Alaska gubernatorial election on January 24, 2006. Although he was a registered, lifelong Republican, he ran as an Independent because he did not believe that he could win a party nomination in the Alaska Republican Party's closed primary system given his prior demotion in the Republican Party at the national level and his closer associations with the state Democratic Party since 2002.

His platform included fiscal responsibility, cutting legislators' salaries, increasing the number of trade agreements between Alaska and foreign nations, constructing a pipeline for natural gas, enacting strict campaign finance reform laws, and enacting "equitable taxation."

His platform is very reminiscent of what Palin is advocating. Obviously, they now have strong disagreements.

You might say he is bitter, with 'an axe to grind' or you might say he is right, but he appears to know where the bodies are buried.

It is absolutely understandable, that a husband of Sarah is supportive and helping. It is even OK, if Todd is Sarah's protector and adviser.
However, it is odd, that a husband is copied on official mail from Governor's office. It is also less understandable, that Todd attends Sarah's meetings with officials, lawmakers or corporate leaders. Because of these kinks, Alaskans do not doubt long ago, that Todd has a significant influence on Sarah's decisions - http://www.votetheday.com/polls/todd-palins-role-272


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