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Sarah Palin's 'Troopergate' Scandal Report Coming Today

The troopergate scandal, which involves allegations that Sarah Palin abused her office as Alaskan governor by firing Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan because he refused to fire Palin's ex-brother-in-law Mike Wooten after a messy divorce, appears to be breaking open in a big way. A report from the Alaska legislature on the scandal is due today.

At right is ABC News' September investigation into troopergate. Today, the NYT published a scathing review of the case that reveals Todd and Sarah Palin campaigned dozens of times for Wooten's removal:

"Ms. Palin has denied that anyone told Mr. Monegan to dismiss Trooper Wooten, or that the commissioner’s ouster had anything to do with him. But an examination of the case, based on interviews with Mr. Monegan and several top aides, indicates that, to a far greater degree than was previously known, the governor, her husband and her administration pressed the commissioner and his staff to get Trooper Wooten off the force, though without directly ordering it. In all, the commissioner and his aides were contacted about Trooper Wooten three dozen times over 19 months by the governor, her husband and seven administration officials, interviews and documents show. 'To all of us, it was a campaign to get rid of him as a trooper and, at the very least, to smear the guy and give him a desk job somewhere,' said Kim Peterson, Mr. Monegan’s special assistant, who like several other aides spoke publicly about the matter for the first time."

Additionally, NEW VIDEO has been uncovered that shows Sarah Palin offering contradicting accounts of the reasons why Wooten was fired. DailyKos reports: "One clip shows her claiming she fired him for his weakness in rural alcohol abuse issues. Another shows her saying right after firing him she offered him a new job as head of the Alcohol Beverage Control Board because he was strong in the very same area."

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Andy, The chronology is wrong on the appeals. That appeal mentioned above was the appeal ruled on yesterday (which was denied.) There isn't an appeal past the AK Supreme Court. Check the date on the linked article (posted 6 days ago by the AP) and you'll see that appeal was filed _last_ Thursday, not yesterday. It's just confusing since both actions happened on a Thursday (however a week apart.)

    Posted by: what | Oct 10, 2008 9:14:17 AM

  2. Thanks for the correction. I misread the date on the AP piece.

    Posted by: andy | Oct 10, 2008 9:25:54 AM

  3. intresting, but i wonder if these scandals are going to matter a hill of beans to anyone who has decided or will decide to vote republican... that party seems to be quite resilient to scandal and upheaval... tough cookies they are, ain't they folks...

    Posted by: the queen | Oct 10, 2008 9:35:37 AM

  4. I expect these stories are meant to sway the undecided. I don't think any one of them has much impact individually, but when you start weighing one pile (Obama meets retired sixties terrorist twice in ten years) against the other (Palin and husband try to use influence to get someone fired for personal reasons), that's where the decisions start getting made.

    Posted by: David D. | Oct 10, 2008 9:48:17 AM

  5. Sarah Palin is a lying sociopath. She has absolutely no moral compass whatsoever. It's ironic that she wants to impose such narrow-minded morals on other people and presumes to tell them what's right and wrong.

    In this respect she is exactly like George W. snortin' drinkin' Bush.

    Posted by: sparks | Oct 10, 2008 9:53:41 AM

  6. SPARKS, meet THE QUEEN.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Oct 10, 2008 10:38:14 AM

  7. Queen, you're absolutely right that Republicans don't really care about corruption and lawbreaking in their midst.

    Lucky for us, though, they make up at the very most a third of the voting population. And the rest of us do not tolerate crummy politicians. Hence, the 2006 election.

    Posted by: Sami | Oct 10, 2008 11:32:00 AM

  8. the queen:
    if they're so resiliant to scandal and upheaval then why have they been acting like such extreme loons lately? why is it that the behavior of mccain & co so erratic and extreme that public figures as far to the right as christopher buckley (son of william) are coming out in support of obama?

    really queenie, tell us why, if they're weathering the series of scandals oh so well, that their own party is starting to disavow them.

    crickets chirping...

    Posted by: alguien | Oct 10, 2008 2:29:34 PM

  9. Let's be honest, Sara Palin, is a dummy and a right wing neo-con. Mother Jones Blog
    reported that Sara's Foriegn Policy experience totals 12 hours. They "MJB" mentioned she is a active member of AIP of Alaska. The chairman of the AIP Party is on a terrorist watch list along with her husband Todd.
    The pastor of her church is wanted in Kenya for burning 15 witches at the stake.
    All Sara brings to the table is "Babies got Back".

    Posted by: John Wayne Cahill | Oct 10, 2008 5:33:15 PM

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