And so today we begin a new series at the House of Jello, entitled The Sarah Palin Chronicles. Today’s episode is full of love gone wrong, bitter custody battles, and abuse of power. Fun!
From The Washington Post:
The July firing of Alaska Public Safety Commissioner Walter Monegan by Gov. Sarah Palin, who was announced as John McCain‘s running mate on Friday, has unearthed a stream of soap-opera-like details about Palin, her husband, her family and top state appointees. The controversy has also cut against Palin’s reputation for holding an ethical line and standing up to colleagues in the Republican Party over matters of principle.
Monegan, 57, a respected former chief of the Anchorage Police Department, said in an interview with The Washington Post’s James V. Grimaldi on Friday that the governor repeatedly brought up the topic of her ex-brother-in-law, Michael Wooten, after Monegan became the state’s commissioner of public safety in December 2006. Palin’s husband, Todd, met with Monegan and presented a dossier of information about Wooten, who was going through a bitter custody battle with Palin’s sister, Molly. Monegan also said Sarah Palin sent him e-mails on the subject, but Monegan declined to disclose them, saying he planned to give them to a legislative investigator looking into the matter.
From what I have read, the ex-brother-in-law is an idiot and deserves to be fired. Among other things, he has apparently been accused of drinking in his patrol car, and Tasing his 11-year-old stepson for fun (“He asked me to do it — it was just for a second.”) But the fact that Gov. Palin cannot see that it is not her place to get involved in this matter is worrisome, to say the least.
But [Monegan] said Todd Palin told him Wooten “shouldn’t be a trooper. I’ve tried to explain to him, you can’t head hunt like this. What you need to do is back off, because if the trooper does make a mistake, and it is a terminable offense, it can look like political interference.
“I think he’s emotionally committed in trying to see that his former brother-in-law is punished.”
Because what’s the fun of having a Governor for a wife if you can’t punish people you don’t like!