Other People’s Chutzpah Would Palin Comparison

From The New York Times:

ANCHORAGE — Alaska lawmakers voted Friday to issue a subpoena to Todd Palin, the husband of Gov. Sarah Palin, in an escalation of the inquiry into whether Ms. Palin improperly tried to have her former brother-in-law dismissed from his job as a state trooper.

Original DVD cover.

The subpoena was one of 14 approved by the Judiciary Committee of the State Senate in a vote of 3 to 2 in a joint hearing with the House Judiciary Committee, which served in an advisory role during the proceeding. The subpoenas were requested by the legislative investigator conducting the inquiry, Stephen E. Branchflower, a former Anchorage prosecutor who now lives in South Carolina.

The vote set the stage for a possible legal clash between the Legislature and the Palin administration, which threatened this week to go to court to quash any subpoenas.


At the hearing, which lasted two and a half hours, Mr. Branchflower said he wanted to talk with Mr. Palin because he had been a “chief critic” of the trooper, Mike Wooten, and was “such a central figure” in the push to have him dismissed. Mr. Branchflower also told the legislators that he wanted to interview Ms. Palin but had not requested a subpoena for her.

Another subpoena, according to testimony by Mr. Branchflower, is for the owner of a company that has a contract with the state to handle workers’ compensation claims. Mr. Branchflower said that based on information he had received on a tip line from an employee at the company, Harbor Adjustment Service, the owner might not have been truthful when she initially denied to him that someone from the governor’s office had put pressure on her to turn down a claim submitted by Mr. Wooten.


The ethics case, which has been the subject of national scrutiny since Ms. Palin was named to the Republican ticket by Senator John McCain, has its roots in her decision this summer to dismiss Alaska’s public safety commissioner, Walt Monegan. He has contended that he was dismissed for refusing to fire Mr. Wooten.


[Senator Hollis] French, the Democrat leading the inquiry, did not return calls seeking comment.

Taylor Griffin, a spokesman for the McCain-Palin campaign, said that Ms. Palin’s private lawyer was reviewing the subpoena for her husband to decide how to handle it.

From Anchorage Daily News:

Republican efforts to delay the probe until after the Nov. 4 election were thwarted when GOP state Sen. Charlie Huggins, who represents Palin’s hometown of Wasilla, sided with Democrats.


[Todd] Palin, cast at last week’s Republican National Convention as a supportive husband, oil rig worker and championship snowmachine racer, has emerged in the days since as also a powerful figure in his wife’s administration. Despite holding no government position, he attends official meetings and is copied on e-mails concerning state business.

While Todd Palin’s role in the dismissal of Monegan is unknown, the request for a subpoena suggests he spurned earlier calls to testify voluntarily. Monegan voluntarily submitted to an interview earlier in the week.

Nor was it immediately clear whether [the Palins’ private attorney now representing her as governor, Thomas] Van Flein was representing Todd Palin as well as the governor in the investigation. Van Flein is working at taxpayer expense to represent the governor in her personal and official capacity.


Palin has said she fired Monegan over disagreements about budget priorities. Monegan says he received repeated e-mails and phone calls from Palin, her husband and her staff expressing dismay over Wooten’s continued employment.

One member of Palin’s administration was caught on tape discussing personal information about Wooten, raising questions of how he knew those details.

Branchflower also asked for a subpoena for the phone records of one Palin administration official, Frank Bailey. Bailey was recorded calling an Alaska State Trooper lieutenant and discussing confidential information about Wooten, including his job application and worker’s compensation claim. In a deposition taken by Palin’s attorney, he testified that he never saw Wooten’s file, but instead received the information from Todd Palin.


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30 responses to “Other People’s Chutzpah Would Palin Comparison

  1. Friend of the court

    A Republican misusing governmental power?? Once again, I am shocked! Shocked, I tell you. These rat bastids is shameless. It seems like they were all born without an ethics gene.

  2. i know, fotc! i thought i was going to have to call someone to pick me up off the floor when i read about it! 🙄

  3. hi angelic1,
    welcome to the raisin 😀 and thanks for the link. don’t be afraid to add your own comments. i hope you will forgive that i replaced the long link with the headline that links over to the article.

  4. nightowl724

    I, too, was shocked. SHOCKED! Who would have thought that a Republican (and, a woman, for God’s sake!) would ever lie?

    nons? NN 09? Pweeze?

  5. nightowl,
    i have no idea what my finances will look like next year. airfare to pittsburgh is very expensive.

  6. nightowl724

    Great title and poster, nonnie! Love the Bullwinkle quote, too!

  7. the quote was already there. i just thought that bullwinkle should have his revenge, however small.

  8. dcup

    Oh, Todd! The five o’clock shadow Governor…..

    Nonnie – you never fail to crack me up!

  9. Thanks for the comment about my new video. I’ve added a link to your site as payback. Thanks again.

  10. dcup!
    i keep waiting for the msm to pick up on the fact that toddie is co-governor. the guy who belonged to a secessionist party gets copies of email that are government business. why isn’t anyone asking princess sarah about that? is it that she is not competent to be governor and needs her husband’s help in running the state? there is no good answer. if she doesn’t need his help, then why is he privy to government business? if she does need help, she is not competent.

  11. robert,
    welcome to the raisin! 😀
    you are very kind for linking over here. i hope all the raisinettes will click here so they can see your absolutely brilliant cartoon! take it from me, kids, it is fabulous!! (scroll down to what’s up gov, kids!)
    robert, when i click on your name, i am take to what i presume to be your old website. i was going to change it to the new link, but i didn’t want to do so without asking. are you aware that you are using an old link?

  12. jlms qkw - jenn

    but nonnie, she didn’t fire that police guy – he resigned because he didn’t want a demotion for something completely unrelated!

    and she never supported the bridge to the zip code on the t-shirt, she just wore the shirt.

    you are so silly!


  13. i know, jenn. i am a big fat liar! i must be a real sexist pig to lie like i do! 👿

  14. Got a Grip

    Okay, I’m shocked! Shocked, I say, too! Who would have thought that this sort of thing could happen where republicans are concerned?

    Remember when Bill Clinton was running for President and the wingnuts made a big stink because Bill said it would be a 2 for 1 package deal? Anybody? Bueller?

  15. Got a Grip

    And yes, nonnie, you will be going to Pittsburgh. You’re going even if I have to come down there to Floriduhhh and carry you to Pittsburgh on my back. But it won’t come to that. I have a plan…. 😉

  16. Oh, my, Nonnie, you’re getting offers all over the place!

    FWIW, I hope Got A Grip succeeds. Pittsburgh is close enough for my fiancee and me to drive there.

  17. gotta,
    it’s still a year away. i am not saying no, i’m just not saying yes.

  18. neon vincent,
    i am thinking that we have a very nice commune in the works, and i think that NN should be held where the commune is going to be, rather than all of us having to travel to pittsburgh.

  19. By the way, Nonnie, it’s nice to find another Photoshop fan.

  20. robert,
    how long have you been photoshopping? i would never have started, if not for got a grip. i was piddling around in mspaint until she got me started. i took a class in adult ed in one of the high schools last year and have been learning by trial and error since then. i love it.
    one of these days, i really want to learn illustrator. i’ve opened it a few times, played with it, and have no friggin clue how it works.

  21. jeb

    Of course one of the big stinks that the rethugs raised back in ’84 was when Ferraro’s husband indicated that he might sit in on cabinet meetings. I don’t really recall that he was actually helping her run her Congressional district.

  22. jeb,
    the rethugs have different rules than dems. it’s never okay for a dem’s spouse to have any input, but it is perfectly okay for rethug’s spouses (and, in reagan’s case, his spouse’s astrologer) to have input.

  23. I first bought Photoshop three years ago. I’m self taught – although every now and then I take a look at a Flash tutorial. A year and a half ago, I purchased Adobe Premiere and earlier this year I went whole hog and bought the entire Adobe Creative Suite v.3. It was a combination of Photoshop and Premiere that allowed me to do the “What’s Up Guv?” video. I discovered that I learn a lot more through trial and error and hands on experiments.

  24. Got a Grip

    Robert, that’s how I originally learned Photoshop, too. A friend of mine sat me down one day in front of his computer, opened Photoshop, and I was gone. After that I taught myself lots of other things, too. The hardest was Flash, which is definitely not user friendly or forgiving of mistakes. A good Flash tutorial can be extremely helpful.

    I didn’t have confidence in my own abilities, so I went to college after that to “learn” these things. Turns out I often knew more about how these things worked than the teachers did. I actually taught Flash in a multimedia class in exchange for not having to do final projects in it. It worked out great.

    I haven’t done much of anything with these programs in a long while. Meat-world has been kicking my ass for well over a year now. Someday I’ll get back to doing my own thing, just not now.

    nonnie was already good, even with MS paint. I just nudged her a little, and she ran with it. She makes me proud every time I open this site. That’s how friends do it….we share and support. It makes life worth the journey…. 😉

  25. before i took the class, i was scared to death of photoshop. i would open it once in a while, play around, and then not use it again for weeks. the teacher i had was not very good. she was from an advertising background, and she always skewed everything to conform to advertising needs. that didn’t help very many people in the class. however, it took away the fear of photoshop so that i was able to experiment with it.
    gotta, the funny thing is that i did a lot of the early stuff in mspaint, but if you asked me to do any of them again, i wouldn’t know where to start. i have no idea how i did them. i am eternally grateful to you for the kick in the pants. it is the only thing that keeps me somewhat sane some days.

  26. I have to have fun with it. I do at least three or four “Fun with Photoshop” posts every week. I have always considered them sort of digital editorial cartoons.

  27. Got a Grip

    Well, you know nons, if I’m good for anything it’s delivering a well-placed kick in the pants. Anything beyond that, it gets kinda dicey. But you didn’t need a kick in the pants so much as someone to just take your hand and lead you forward so you didn’t feel afraid and alone. That’s all I did, I held the door open and you ran through it. You make me proud every day. Seriously. And I love you dearly and treasure your presence in my life. Again, seriously. But you know that…. 😉

  28. robert,
    i do at least one photoshop every day. if it wasn’t fun, i would be banging my head against the wall.

  29. gotta,
    you know that i adore you, too.