Too late perhaps to save her public image? Will it be lost in the welter of stories about the arrival of the much anticipated Election Day concluding (we hope) this interminable campaign?
Perhaps.Â But, at least it vindicates those of us confident of Sarah Palin’s integrity. Her record as a reformer remains intact.
Yesterday, the Alaska Personnel Board released a report exonerating the Alaska Governor “in the Troopergate controversy,” finding that she was “within her rights to fire Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan.” More that just exonerate the Governor, this new report faults a previous report commissioned by a committee of the state legislature (which voted to release the report without approving it):
. . . the new report says the Legislature’s investigator was wrong to conclude that Palin abused her power by allowing aides and her husband, Todd, to pressure Monegan and others to dismiss her ex-brother-in-law, Trooper Mike Wooten. Palin was accused of firing Monegan after Wooten stayed on the job.
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[Timothy] Petumenos -an independent investigator hired by the personnel board] wrote the Legislature’s special counsel, former state prosecutor Steve Branchflower, used the wrong state law as the basis for his conclusions and also misconstrued the evidence.
Petumenos found “no cause to believe” that Palin or any other state official violated the state’s ethics law in this matter.
Noting that “Monegan won’t get a hearing from the Personnel Board to ‘clear his reputation’,” Ed Morrissey asks, “Where does Palin go to clear hers after this tempest in a teapot?”
Certainly not the mainstream media who are likely to bury this report. Whenever evidence emerges showing that they attacked unfairly, well, they run a quick story and quickly move along.