I am sure some of us heard from various media outlets yesterday that Sarah Palin was under investigation by the Alaska state legislature, but few explained the why.
Just a quote note that Palin is a relative unknown, inexperienced and under investigation. Real fair and in-depth reporting, eh?Here is the long and short of what is being talked about.
Governor Palin fired this July Public Safety Commissioner Monegan because of incompetence. Monegan, grabbing a straws, lied and decided to scream to the media that Palin abused her power. The Democrat led state legislature decided to then poke its head into situation.
Please note that the Public Safety Commissioner is a cabinet appointment in which Palin alone has the authority to hire and fire.
In any case, the accusation by Monegan centers on a lie in which he claims Sarah Palin's husband Todd Pressured him to fire Wooten (estranged brother in law). In fact Monegan claims that Todd Palin was ordered by head of the Governor’s security detail, Special Agent Bob Cockrell to talk to Monegan about Wooten due to the threats made against the Alaskan First Family.
Of course the catch is, Cockrell denies any such order.
In fact, Cockrell is quoted as wanting to "set the record straight."
“When made aware of the security concerns regarding a state trooper, I instructed the First Gentleman to contact the commissioner of Public Safety. It is standard protocol to ask every governor about any threats they perceive or have realized. “I will not hesitate to set the record straight in answering these false allegations by former Commissioner Monegan.”
At this point you might be asking exactly what Wooten did which caused all of the problems which are being discussed? Wooten tasered his step son, threatened to kill Palin's father, and drank on the job among other things.
The important thing to note about all these situations is that the complaint regarding the threatening Palin's father started in 2005 - not 2008.
There is a lot more to the story which I admittedly left out which can be read (including complete time line and news sources) over at Flopping aces. I would encourage anyone who has any questions to read so they can be educated on the subject. Odds are you wont get the complete story from most media outlets who are more concerned about preserving the narrative of this year's election as a pose to providing unbiased and helpful information to voters.