Troopergate report released

Posted by: ST on October 11, 2008 at 9:00 am

Jules Crittenden’s got the best link round-up and commentary about the report’s findings here. He writes:

The actual finding in the report linked above, by the way, is that she violated an Alaska statute that states any public official’s action that benefits a personal or financial interest is a violation of public trust with regard to the trooper.

Sounds like an ethics law you could use to indict a ham sandwich, though I didn’t notice any mention of penalties in the discussion of the law in the report. There’s also, of course, the question of whether a state trooper who is making threats and behaving erratically … you know, tasering children … is more than just a personal interest for someone who is ultimately responsible for the public safety of all Alaskans. Unclear whether the august panel mulled that.


Anyway, the hacks’ finding regarding the commissioner’s firing is that while the trooper issue played a role, so did other factors actually cited by Palin. It specifically states his firing was a “proper and lawful exercise of her constitutional and statuatory.”

He also notes that media outlets like the AP are distorting the reports of the finding, and provides examples.

Flopping Aces has a good write-up on this as well.

Basically, it sounds like Steve Branchflower, the investigator, really had to dig deep and stretch the findings to be able to conclude that Gov. Palin did anything wrong. I found the findings somewhat contradictory, as did Beldar. The bottom line is no matter how much of a dud this report actually is, the fact alone that it states that she “abused her power” is enough for the mediots and usual suspects to conclude that Gov. Palin is no better than some of the worst public office abusers in history, and as we all know, there have been some pretty bad ones.

And as any savvy politico would do, expect the OBiden campaign to – via their surrogates on their campaign and in the MSM – keep this news front and center for the next several weeks in an attempt to put the McCain campaign out of the running altogether. As Ed Morrissey notes, this will not affect her standing with the people who already support her, but the undecideds may be another story altogether.

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7 Responses to “Troopergate report released”


  1. Joe says:

    “Abuse of power” sounds serious. It invokes memories of Watergate, illegal wiretapping, enemies lists, etc. The phrase was added to this report as a gimmick to maximize negative reactions, and I’m afraid that the undecideds, like the Frank Luntz crowd, who don’t seem interested in exploring anything in depth, will just see those words and conclude that Sarah Palin is Bloody Mary. At the same time, they won’t look beyond the glowing media image of Barack Obama to see the dirt that lies underneath. The fix is in.

  2. Severian says:

    After reading this report, I’m forced to conclude that Sarah Palin is a saint. If the trooper in question had done that to my family, the results would not have been so benign, not by a long shot.

    But, notice once again, how the Libs and Dems wind up on the “side” of a scumbag or two. The trooper is obviously bad news, talk about abuse of power, and the Commisioner is no prize, wife beater and disloyal at best. So, the Dems once again stand up for scum, the only consolation is that these guys are better than Saddam Hussein and Castro.

  3. I stayed up late reading the report and the McCain rebuttal document, and I can only conclude that, as far as scandal goes, this is really weak tea. So, she may have violated a broadly drawn ethics statute in trying to get rid of a trooper who tasered his ten-year old stepson and threatened Palin’s father and sister. He regularly and serially abused his authority, and all the State Troopers did was give him a five-day suspension.

    Bah. I’d be worried by Palin if she didn’t do all she could to cashier the guy. He has no business being on any police force.

    And Monegan, the guy she fired? Even finding two admits that the dismissal was “a proper and lawful exercise of her constitutional and statutory authority to hire and fire executive branch department heads.” His criticisms of her over “ethics” are essentially based on mind-reading on his part.

    By any logic, this should be the end of the matter. But, with the mainstream media we have…

  4. mikec says:

    This was a bogus investigation… the so called “independent” investigator turns out to be a long time collegue of the so called victim for over twenty years.

  5. Lee Ann says:

    What a waste of time and taxpayer’s money.

    Not an election year, and Gov. Palin wasn’t Sen. McCain’s running mate, there would have been an investigation.

  6. Lorica says:

    As I have posted here before, if this man were to have tazed my 10 year old boy. They would find him out in the middle of the woods tied up naked with a bear whistle strapped to his ass, or maybe just pieces of him. I thought domestic abuse was a reason for not giving someone a gun permit. If that was so, then this trooper should have been dismissed as he would not be legally eligible.

    Yet here again the Dems support the criminal, and try to destroy the innocent, and these fools think that I am a nut job. – Lorica

  7. Leslie says:

    This was always going to be about nothing. Imagine this is a private company. Imagine that Chuck Magilla, the CFO, doesn’t like (and let’s say for very good reasons) Fenwick Pookie, who is in charge of purchasing office supplies, and who reports to Office Manager Kelly Staples.

    Let’s say Staples refuses to fire Pookie, and so Magilla, at the first opportunity, eases Staples out of there by not giving her a raise, or cutting her budget, or both. Happens all the time, neh?

    So what we find after weeks (and you all shouldda seen this coming) of blather and the wasting of taxpayers’ money, is that the governor committed an infraction that is at best as serious as a baseball player who corks his bat.

    Suspend her for a game, give her a $5000 fine, pending an appeal to the MLB office, where it will probably be knocked town to no suspension and going to bed w/o dinner.*

    *For non-baseball fans: Players when they’re naughty hollow out a portion of their bats and fill them with cork, which makes the bats lighter. Especially helpful to older players who can’t get around on the fastball any more. Also: MLB routinely hands out bigger fines/suspensions than they expect to make stick, because they know the players will appeal, and then they knock the punishment down to what they planned on doing in the first place.

    It’s a charade, really.