Palin Won't Meet With Troopergate Investigator!

@anniepa (27279)
United States
September 15, 2008 8:34pm CST
This story is breaking as I write this, but somehow Sarah Palin went from promising to cooperate fully with the "troopergate" investigation and claiming to want for it to be out in the open and wanting to be held accountable if need be to now refusing to meet with the investigator. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080916/ap_on_el_pr/palin_troopergate Here's an excerpt: McCain campaign spokesman Ed O'Callaghan told a news conference Monday that the governor, the Republican nominee for vice president, will not cooperate as long as the investigation "remains tainted." He said he doesn't know whether Palin's husband would challenge a subpoena issued to compel his cooperation. (End of excerpt) She says it's "tainted" although the lawmakers who voted for the investigation included Republicans, one who cut a hunting trip short and is in fact from Palin's hometown of Wasilla. As I said, this is a story in progress, but what are your thoughts so far? Is it still the "no big deal" many Republicans here have been claiming it to be? After all, if there's nothing there, why not cooperate? Just a random thought... Annie
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@ZephyrSun (7382)
• United States
16 Sep 08
I figured that nothing would ever become of this and the sheep will follow blindy. I know that this statement will cause much back lash but I honestly do not care anymore, she could be accused of murder with blood on her hands and the followers would be like oh that's great.
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• United States
16 Sep 08
Oh were you talking about Obama?
@ZephyrSun (7382)
• United States
16 Sep 08
Guess you do not have the ability to read because this discussion wasn't about Obama. But, I have seen you and know that you like "debate" which I use that term lightly. I wasn't an Obama supporter until Hillary dropped out, and if you have seen my posts you will notice that I have repeated a number of times that I am an Independent and I have voted for Democrats and Republicans. I voted for Dole then Gore. Sheeze I think I'm going to have to start putting that in all my posts! Now back to Obama first issue I do not agree with him on: 1. Windfall taxes on oil companies and giving a check to all Americans just for living here. You know like Palin does to Alaska. 2. I do not agree completely with giving more money to charter school, I will have to wait and see about that issue, increased funding would be good for them but if they are able to function with limited grants and the $5,320 federal dollars that follows a child then why kill a good thing. So far I have two things that I don't agree with but, he has too much other stuff that is good to cast him aside and vote for McCain. The Republican ticket this election cycle stinks and I wouldn't vote for them this time around.
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• United States
16 Sep 08
You know nothing about me! Just because you've read my posts doesn't make you and expert on me. Matter of fact I actually hate to debate, guess you don't know me like you though! Happy Voting :)
@spalladino (17921)
• United States
16 Sep 08
This is currently on Mylot's home page. Apparently, the McCain campaign is involved in this now and are accusing the Alaska legislature of being...what?...corrupt?...under the control of the Democrats? This is absolutely ridiculous...and starting to smell pretty funny to me. [b]By GENE JOHNSON Associated Press Writer 3 minutes ago ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A campaign spokesman says Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin won't speak with an investigator hired by lawmakers to look into the firing of her public safety commissioner. McCain campaign spokesman Ed O'Callaghan told a news conference Monday that the governor, the Republican nominee for vice president, will not cooperate as long as the investigation "remains tainted." He said he doesn't know whether Palin's husband would challenge a subpoena issued to compel his cooperation. The campaign insists the investigation has been hijacked by Democrats. It says it can prove Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan was fired because of insubordination on budget issues - not because he refused to fire a state trooper who had divorced Palin's sister.[/b]
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• United States
16 Sep 08
I agree from what I understand the panel is made up of mostly Republicans, Republicans that were in her cabinet. If they had this proof they would share it with us and would have no problem letting her testify. But The McCain / Palin ticket can't tell the truth for anything. I wonder why Palin won't answer voter questions, or give interviews you think its because there own voters and the media are all corrupt and out to get her! Sounds like someone has issues!
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• United States
16 Sep 08
I completely agree with you. I think that refusing to cooperate looks suspicious.
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• United States
16 Sep 08
This does not look good for her at all. She really should comply with the investigation if she wants to avoid any suspicion from the press, and suspicion from voters.
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@snowy22315 (82482)
• United States
16 Sep 08
She knows she's guilty as charged that's why. She's loves her sister which is certainly no crime, but she overstepped her bounds as Governor and used her power to try to get this guy fired. She is not above the law and should be compelled to testify.
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@spalladino (17921)
• United States
16 Sep 08
You know, if it was just one minor incident, it might not look so bad, but her hit list as Governor seems to be growing every day and I find it extremely hard to believe that everyone is out to get her and that everyone but her is telling lies. The firing of the librarian is another time when she abused her power but, in that case, public outrage, forced her to back down. Of course, the local paper that reported the firing, and the resinding of that firing the very next day, was telling lies and under the control of the Democrats....long before McCain had ever heard her name.
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@ZephyrSun (7382)
• United States
16 Sep 08
Bravo spalladino!!
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@spalladino (17921)
• United States
16 Sep 08
Thanks Zeph! I'm starting to feel a strong sense of Deja Vu...like watching the Watergate conspiracy fall apart and take down Nixon.
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@cbreeze (1206)
• United States
16 Sep 08
She probably has been advised not to cooperate. Don't you think? Whether you like her or not, I think the conclusion of "troopergate" is a lose-lose situation for her and the McCain campaign. As long as it is in limbo, people can't really pass judgement on it.
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@spalladino (17921)
• United States
16 Sep 08
Well, it's not going to be in limbo forever and a determination should be made right before the election. I really would hate, for John McCain's sake, for this to still be a cloud of any kind hanging over his campaign on election day. Right now...today...it looks like a coverup and both Palin, and McCain by letting statements be issued by the campaign, are giving the impression that they are not bound by the same rules and laws as the rest of us and can simply refuse to cooperate with legislators trying to get to the bottom of this.
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@cbreeze (1206)
• United States
16 Sep 08
I agree. That is the impression that it gives me.
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@Hatley (164214)
• Garden Grove, California
16 Sep 08
anniepa I am not a bit impresses with miz palin and think she should have to cooperate.she seems just too imperious to me'as though she is better than everyone else. But i am biased as she will never get my vote anyway. I will vote for obama instead.
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@anniepa (27279)
• United States
16 Sep 08
Neither am I, so do I, so am I and so will I...lol! And nothing minicooper or rambling Rose says is about to change my mind! Annie
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@fiona08 (454)
• United States
16 Sep 08
I second that!. . . or third it? lol
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• United States
16 Sep 08
Everything about Palin has to be investigated, you don't just walk into the position of Vice President without being investigated by the FBI among others. This has nothing to do with politics. The issue of Toopergage existed way before it was announced that she would be the VP candidate for the Republicans. The other three candidates are well known, and have a history in Congress. For her to withdraw her cooperation to me, would be an issue that would elimnate her eligibility to even continue as the VP candidate. Her husband would also have to be above reproach. This is just he same old same old with the Republican Party, Carl Rove has not honored the supeona that was issued to him to appear before Congress. The current Republican administration is notorious for secrets, lies and coverups. OOPS, we did not have the right intelligence when we waged a war against Iraq about the 'weapons of mass distructions'. It is only a war that is costing us the lives of our young men and women and billions of dollars. Should I go on???????? Gee and she does not even have experience. But lets not worry about that, she can see Russia from her state.
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@evanslf (485)
16 Sep 08
I also do not believe that Palin, by withdrawing her cooperation, is doing herself any favours (politically speaking, if I were her, I would be seen to be cooperating but I would demand that, in view of the currently politically charged atmosphere, that the chairman of the investigating panel recuse himself (as he has effectively said that Palin is guilty before having heard all the evidence) This investigation presents difficulty for Palin in that her claims of the panel AS A WHOLE being biased are difficult to sustain, as the majority of this panel are Republican and so is the Alaska state legislature, etc. That said, I am aware that Palin has antagonised some powerful Republican people in Alaska and who knows this may be their way to get their revenge (after all in politics, quite often it is not your political opponents you have to watch, but the so-called 'friends' on your own side who can stab you in the back!) To sum up though, I think Palin is being badly advised in this. She should say that she will cooperate but demand a fair hearing, in front of legislators that have not already expressed a view. Everyone has the righ to a fair trial and I think those who have expressed views that Palin is already guilty, without having heard the evidence, should recuse themselves and be replaced by someone else.
@mehale (2200)
• United States
16 Sep 08
I have been watching part of this on CNN today. I really do not understand WHY McCain would have picked a VP candidate that was currently under a federal investigation. This really gives the Dem's an area to attack, and actually hands it to them on a silver platter! I do not think it was simply to pick a woman as a running mate, after all it is not like Palin was the only woman candidate that made the short list! I just really do not understand the logic here. I can't speak for other voters but I have to admit that she really does give me serious cause for concern!
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@KrauseHome (36730)
• United States
16 Sep 08
Personally, I am not sure what to believe anymore. And if she has nothing to hide, then why refuse to meet with them? Personally, there is still something there I do not Trust about her, and afraid to think what could happen if her and McCain would win. There is just still too many unknowns.
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@spalladino (17921)
• United States
16 Sep 08
Probably what you don't trust about her is that she seems to be an extremist who does what she wants whether it's ethical or legal. I also don't see any solid reason for her to refuse to cooperate. She has attorneys to sit next to her while she meets with the legislature and she knows that she's hurting the campaign by looking guilty.
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@Taskr36 (13923)
• United States
16 Sep 08
Perhaps she'd be more willing to accommodate them if the person in charge hadn't already decided and basically announced to the media that she was guilty weeks ago.
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@anniepa (27279)
• United States
16 Sep 08
What about the Alaska Republican legislator from Wasilla who cut a hunting or fishing trip short to return and cast the deciding vote? Also, why were private e-mail accounts being used which Palin herself allegedly said wouldn't be subject to subpoena? I'm sorry but there are far more questions than answers so far and since Palin has only been nationally known by most of us for a few weeks there hasn't been enough time for most of us to have developed this blind trust in her that some of her supporters and fans seem to have. Then there's Rose who simply changes the subject because she refuses to accept the GOP ticket isn't made up of two "God-like" individuals...lol Annie
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@Taskr36 (13923)
• United States
16 Sep 08
Well when you're being investigated by someone who is not only partisan, but even said weeks ago that there will be an "October Surprise that will be damaging to the governor" it's hard to pretend that you're getting a fair investigation. The people investigating this should be fair about it and not assume guilt so early in the investigation. It's supposed to be done by October 31st, yet he made that statement September 2nd. That's hardly what I'd call a fair investigator. He clearly subscribes to the "guilty till proven innocent" mantra.
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@anniepa (27279)
• United States
16 Sep 08
I can't find where he said those words but I think you may be referring to Alaska Democrat French (first name unknown), but Republicans also voted for this investigation and it won't be Mr. French who Palin speaks with, if she indeed ever does cooperate. Come on, Taskr, you have to admit that by hiding she's only raising more suspicions about herself, especially since she'd promised her full cooperation. I see this as neither a witch-hunt nor a partisan issue. Annie
• United States
16 Sep 08
The majority of people on the panel are Republicans and Republicans that Palin is familiar with!
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@irishidid (8716)
• United States
16 Sep 08
I'm holding my judgment over this issue. There are two sides to every story. Now assuming the things said about this trooper are true then I probably would have fired the guy too. He's allowing the citizens to be endangered by an unstable trooper. I won't automatically assume that Palin is lying or the trooper is not innocent. People do crazy things when they go through a divorce. I know this from personal experience. People lie but just hating someone is not are reason to assume that's what they are doing.
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@spalladino (17921)
• United States
16 Sep 08
The Trooper is a jerk and he was punished...suspended...for his infractions. The problem here, irish, whether Palin did anything wrong or not, is that she originally said she would cooperate with the Alaska Legislature and now she's flat out refusing to talk to them or to answer one single question. These are elected officials from her own state...representatives of both parties. She is not above the law, she is not above answering questions about her role in directing her staff and about her husband's activities in regards to pressuring people, which is especially disturbing since he was/is a private citizen and not an employee of the state. She has an attorney up there already putting up smokescreens so it will be a while before you hear her side of the story other than "I did nothing wrong".
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@xParanoiax (6997)
• United States
16 Sep 08
I'm thinking she's feeling cornered. She claimed executive privilege for those emails of hers, but then they learned that her husband had been talking to her through those official emails, and that exec privilege thing flew out the window. "Tainted"? So basically, the way to convince people of your innocence is to go back on your word that you'd cooperate. So, someone in the investigation thinks she's guilty (if Task is right, anyway)...does it matter? You don't firggen run away. Get a lawyer if you're so worried, for goodness sakes. You face your accusors and you get to the bottom of the case, and you work with them. Honestly, what is she thinking? If she thinks the investigation is biased and bad, how does go, "No, I won't cooperate"...gonna save you? You make it worse, because you act in a way that agrees with what they say about you, and what the public is thinking you'd do if they're right. Jeez. Abuse of power charges are no small matter.
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@anniepa (27279)
• United States
16 Sep 08
Very well said! As I said, there are more questions than answers so far and she's doing little to help her own case. Annie
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@devylan (695)
• United States
16 Sep 08
Well, this is very interesting, and I can't wait to see more on this story. My thoughts so far? Well, the same as they were before, really. I don't find Palin very intellectually stimulating. As far as it being "no big deal," I personally think it's a very big deal, but I am not Republican. Guilty parties never cooperate, and when they're as powerful as a VP nominee, they don't necessarilly have to unfortunately.
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• United States
16 Sep 08
Seriousley put youself in her shoes, your running for VP and all these lies are going around about you and people making big deals out of nothing, I don't blame her for refusing to meet them as long as it's tainted, seems like she feels they are just out to get her and destroy her. I feel the same way. And in the middle of this you have 5 children hmmmm....I think i'd have better things to worry about than to contribute to the harsh one sided investigation that probably wouldnt have even taken place if she wasnt running for VP.
@spalladino (17921)
• United States
16 Sep 08
So, this is just a witch hunt and there is no evidence whatsoever? The Republicans in the Alaska Legislature are corrupt? The Democrats are corrupt? Everything is a big lie made up by corrupt people? Everyone else is guilty and Sarah Palin is innocent. Abuse of power is not "nothing" and if Palin had any integrity at all, she would stand up and straighten this out. The only one tainting anything is Palin...she's tainting the Republican party with her impersonation of Richard Nixon after Watergate.
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• United States
16 Sep 08
Oh please you need another hobby besides politics really I said nothing that you just posted, that goes to show how good Democrats actually listen to what others say. Guess thats why they are voting for Obama even though he is a baby killing, muslim terrorist.
@spalladino (17921)
• United States
16 Sep 08
I forgot to mention, the ALASKA LEGISLATURE was already investigating this before it was McCain announced that Sarah Palin was his nominee for the V.P. slot. I guess they're psychic *and* corrupt. And, do not make assumptions about my party affiliation because I'm not falling all over myself over Sarah Palin. You have not seen me post anything negative about John McCain but Palin is another story. More and more things are coming out about her, both personally and professionally, and I refuse to turn a blind eye it. Continue to drink the kool aide if you like but I'm interested in the facts. By the way, I'm Pro Choice and proud of it.
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• United States
17 Sep 08
"After all, if there's nothing there, why not cooperate? Just a random thought... Annie" Just a random thought indeed. This country provides The Right to a Fair Hearing. Is she really going to get that with all of the bloodthirsty sharks circling? I seem to remember a certain hillbilly form Arkansas getting into the White House with no less than three women accusing him of rape. Has he EVER~ stood trail for that? He didn't have time once he got into the WH. but now he's out and....Oh that's right, It was all a Vast Right Wing Conspiracy. A real feminist would be appalled. Be careful where you lob those stones annie.
@anniepa (27279)
• United States
17 Sep 08
Three women accusing him of rape? I guess YOU'D better be careful where you lob your stories. Annie
@anniepa (27279)
• United States
17 Sep 08
So now Clinton raped Paula Jones. Do you know the definition of rape? Annie
• United States
17 Sep 08
You Know what? I won't even argue with you. I'll give you Paula Jones. What about the other women? And If John McCain had this on his record, where would you stand on it?