Trooper Gate
posted: October 12, 2008
The troopers come home to roost....
As governor of Alaska, Sarah and hubby Todd tried their gosh darndest to get ex-brother-in-law State Trooper Mike Wooten fired for years after his bitter divorce from Palin's sister.
They said he was a bad guy. That he did bad things like drinking while driving and doing a test taser on his stepson. They made more than two dozen complaints about Wooten and the Alaska state police investigated the allegations and found only 5 were credible, and on 2 of those he was found guilty. He was given a 10-day suspension, reduced to 5 days after his union got involved.
Case closed, right? Wrong.
She continued her vendetta against Wooten, demanding that his boss, Walter Monegan, fire him. Which he refused to do. Which got Monegan fired.
But it doesn't matter whether the allegations about Wooten are true or not. This is about using political power to settle a family feud.
Palin refused to cooperate with an investigation into the matter, and in the report from the legislative probe she is cited with abuse of power. "Governor Palin knowingly permitted a situation to continue where impermissible pressure was placed on several subordinates in order to advance a personal agenda,'' the report said.
So, although she wasn't found guilty of any criminal activity or carted off to jail, she was called to account ... a little...
To read more, here's a CNN article about it.