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July 21, 2009

Democrat operatives continue their campaign to destroy Sarah Palin

Just a few days remain before Sarah Palin leaves the Alaska governor’s office, and yet her political enemies (mostly, but not all, Democrats*) are still waging a campaign of frivolous harassment at the expense of the taxpayers of that state.

As this Facebook announcement from Palin’s attorney Thomas van Flein shows, not a single substantial ethics accusation made against her has held up to scrutiny.

To underscore the fact that these complaints are political warfare, van Flein notes that complainants are routinely violating the ethics laws themselves by publicizing the complaints.

Enjoy it while you can, Dems.  In a few days, Sarah will be free to return fire.
Another Ethics Complaint Filed Against the Governor
July 20, 2009, Anchorage, Alaska – Once again, an ethics complaint has been filed and publicly released in violation of state law. This is the sixth complaint filed by Ms. McLeod. In addition, she has filed a lawsuit against the Governor's office and multiple public records act requests. All of her prior complaints that have been ruled on have been dismissed. The Ethics Act serves important state interests in ensuring ethical state government and was intended to prevent the various forms of corrupt misconduct that had plagued the Legislature in prior years and which resulted in the prosecution of legislators and others. It is unfortunate that the law has been abused and trivialized in the current manner.

Today’s complaint, filed just six days before the Governor leaves office, alleges that Governor Palin violated the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act by failing to submit complete gift disclosure forms in a timely manner, and obtained “free” services. The apparent primary goal of this complaint has been achieved, namely, an effort to keep the complainant’s name in the paper. We anticipate another dismissal of this complaint as with the complainant’s other complaints. This is the fourth ethics complaint filed against the Governor since the announcement of her resignation on July 3. In every case, the complainers violated the confidentiality provision of the Ethics Act in making their  complaints public knowledge.

THOMAS VAN FLEIN—Personal Attorney for Governor Palin
* Sarah’s anticorruption crusade in Alaska stepped on quite a few Republican toes as well, so it’s not surprising that some of the snipers are from her own party.


Paul said...

Her exit speech was for her fanatic supporters who would follow her off a cliff. Since her announcement I have been asking “Can anyone real tell me that you were impressed by her exit speech?” But all her supporters stay silent on this and attack on the typical “FOX News” talking points. Back in September 2008, we saw her wagging her finger that Hillary Clinton, that Hillary should not whine about tough media coverage, she was not doing women any good, she should just plow through it, she should have known what she was getting into and should just try harder and prove herself. “WOW”, I guess she loves measuring others by standards that she does not follow. What a hypocrite, but expected from most political false prophets types. That’s why you will hear her say that she is not the “pailin palin” or the “quitter that twittered” but is going for a “higher calling”, sounds more like the TV false prophet who loves stealing money from their neighbors, the sick, the shut ins, the poor. Sweet piece, enjoyed it.

Tim said...

My post had nothing to do with her exit speech (which, by the way, I did not hear/see/read myself), but rather with the systematic campaign of political harassment waged against her -- to the point where responding to the frivolous complaints was wasting taxpayer money, preventing the governor from performing the duties of her office, and costing her family a small fortune in personal legal fees.

This is light years from the negative press she constantly received -- and which she routinely shrugged off (except when her children were the targets of cruel, crude jokes). IMO, your criticism is as baseless as the ethics complaints filed against her.

Lawrence J. Kramer said...

You may be right that the attacks on Palin are unfair, but they are also unimportant to followers of the national scene unless she is otherwise qualified to lead her party or the nation. Politics ain't beanbag, and lightweights are routinely savaged. Palin is a minor league player who is being punished primarily for swimming out of her depth.

Ms. Palin seems to me a solid citizen. But she is not ready for prime time and does not appear to have the gravamen ever to be ready for it. We should let her 15 minutes end.