Anchorage Daily News: Palin not helping on 'troopergate'

Anchorage Daily NewsSeptember 18, 2008 

Gov. Sarah Palin's handling of Troopergate is getting more and more troubling. She has reneged on her pledge, made before becoming the Republican vice-presidential nominee, to cooperate with the Legislature's investigation. While stonewalling the independent inquiry, she is trying her side of the case in the press. Working on her behalf Monday, McCain-for-president operatives ripped into Walt Monegan and the legislators overseeing the inquiry.

Whatever happened to the "open and transparent" administration she promised Alaskans?

TWO BASIC QUESTIONS

What Alaskans and the rest of the country need from Gov. Palin is simple. They need an honest accounting on two questions:

• Did Gov. Palin force out public safety commissioner Walt Monegan because he would not fire her ex-brother-in-law from the troopers?

• In pursuing Gov. Palin’s concerns about trooper Mike Wooten, did she, Todd Palin or her staff improperly obtain confidential information about him?

McCAIN’S FRONTAL ASSAULT

The McCain campaign apparently fears honest answers to those questions. Monday, two campaign operatives held a press conference to stir up partisan hysteria about the investigation and assail Monegan as "insubordinate" and a "rogue."

It was the kind of full-frontal personal attack that is so common in Washington, D.C. While pledging to clean up the nation’s capital, the McCain campaign has brought Washington’s repulsive tactics here to us in Alaska. The McCain-Palin attack on Monegan left key questions unanswered.

If he was so insubordinate, why did she offer him a different job in her administration?

Why is aide Frank Bailey on a recording telling a trooper lieutenant, "she really likes Walt a lot," before going on to say the lack of action on Wooten is "very, very troubling to her and the family."

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