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"Reformer" Palin found to have violated the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act.

Reported by Chrish - October 10, 2008 -

Look how quickly and efficiently FOXNews.com jumps in and starts damage control:

Panel: Palin 'Abused Her Power' in Trooper Case -
Ethics inquiry concludes Palin was 'proper and lawful' in firing a state commissioner but failed to keep her husband from meddling in trooper's discipline
See, she was fine, it's her husband who has fallen on his sword for her. Aawww.

Meanwhile, back in reality, the word is that Palin is indeed legally empowered to fire (and hire) Monegan or whomever she pleases, but the pressure that was exerted on subordinates (Monegan and others, to fire her ex-brother-in-law Michael Wooten) was an abuse of her gubernatorial power and that is the violation of ethics. The New York Times says

"A 263-page report released by lawmakers in Alaska on Friday, found that Ms. Palin, the Republican vice-presidential nominee, had herself exerted pressure to get Trooper Michael Wooten dismissed, as well as allowed her husband and subordinates to press for his firing, as a result of a divorce proceeding between him and Ms. Palin’s sister in 2005.

“Such impermissible and repeated contacts,” the report states, “create conflicts of interests for subordinate employees who must choose to either please a superior or run the risk of facing that superior’s displeasure and the possible consequences of that displeasure.” The report concludes that the action was a violation of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act."

Palin could conceivably be censured or even impeached for her actions, though neither is likely. She continues to assert that Monegan was fired as part of a legitimate budget dispute.

The McCain/Palin campaign want to overlook the Ethics violation while trumpeting that she did nothing illegal, and FOX will doubtless echo those talking points all weekend, dismissing it as old news by Monday. Mrs. Palin fits right in with the current Republicans - abuse of power, trying to stonewall the investigation, and denying the veracity of the report - all brought to you from the party of "personal responsibility." And she is trying to sell herself as a reformer, someone we should send to Washington to clean up the Bush mess? Sure, you betcha.

That anyone would want her to be a heartbeat away from the presidency boggles the mind.