Troopergate Rears Up Again

This time it’s follow-up to the allegation that Sarah and Todd Palin directly pressured Harbor Adjusting Services to deny Mike Wooten’s worker’s compensation claim. Harbor Adjusting is under contract with the state of Alaska to handle workers compensation claims. The owner, Murlene Wilkes, is reportedly changing her sworn testimony and the Palins are NOT looking good. It’s change it, or face perjury charges and I guess Murlene is not going to jail for Sarah.

It’s definitely playing in the big leagues to threaten to pull a $1.2 million annual contract with the state of Alaska unless you mess with an ex-brother-in-law. Much more damning than getting an easement waiver on property you own while you’re mayor of a small town. Now THAT’S executive experience!

This news is hitting while republicans in Alaska are suing to stop the legislative investigation of Troopergate. It is the legislative investigation of Troopergate that encompasses the workers compensation interference allegation. It will be interesting to know the outcome of this decision on Thursday — the day of the vp debates!

Read it on The Mudflats.

Read the original article in The Public Record.

Update: A little more background. Only one source is carrying the claim of Murlene Wilkes changing her original August testimony that at no time was she pressured by Governor Palin to deny Wooten’s workers compensation claim. However, it has been widely reported that special investigator Steve Branchflower had recalled her for questioning in mid-September because of a tip he had received that Wilkes was lying under oath. The tip came from an employee at Wilkes’s firm. Wilkes indeed returned for questioning a couple of weeks ago but accompanied by her attorney. So it’s going to be an extremely interesting week. Branchflower is being inundated by “citizen” lawsuits to stop Troopergate which smells a lot like Bush/McCain tactics to stop the investigation.

I still remember when Palin was first picked as McCain’s running mate and hearing about Troopergate. At the time people were saying it was a small ethics probe and at most would be a small blemish on the otherwise extremely popular governor’s image. What a difference a month makes.

Another Update: Hmm. Two days since the original story broke and no other media source has picked up on the story. Unless the investigation is stopped on Thursday (tomorrow) the final Branchflower report is due October 10. It will make interesting reading.

Update October 2: The legislative investigation of Troopergate is still on. Expect the final report October 10, 2008. This is be more exciting than the VP debate. Although, after watching the debate, I just learned that I love Joe Biden.

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