Troopergate: The Report and Documents are OUT

Sarah’s not looking good. The bombshell findings:

Palin abused her power in pushing for the firing of Alaskan state trooper Mike Wooten who was once married to her sister. She violated a statute of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act which states:

The legislature reaffirms that each public officer holds office as a public trust, and any effort to benefit a personal or financial interest through official action is a violation of that trust.”

Additionally, while Palin’s dismissal of public safety commissioner Walter Monegan was a proper and lawful exercise of the governor’s authority to hire and fire executive branch department heads, Monegan’s refusal to fire Trooper Wooten was likely a contributing factor to his dismissal.

The Alaska legislative council voted 12-0 to release the report and supporting documents to the public.

The Stephen Branchflower report. (263 pages in pdf format)

Todd Palin’s Statement in response to the subpoena. (52 pages in pdf format)

The story on the Anchorage Daily News.

My summary of the Branchflower report and comparison to Todd Palin’s testimony. Part I. Part II.

Update October 11:

A quick summary of my opinion of the documents.

  1. Sarah and Todd Palin have run roughshod over process and show little regard for the work and efforts of others. And in trying to “work the system” they don’t look competent.
  2. Todd Palin’s argument that he is simply another first spouse being unfairly singled out for criticism for supporting Sarah holds no water. His extraordinary authority in the governor’s office is repeatedly documented and unprecedented for a first spouse.
  3. Sarah and Todd Palin abused their authority to acquire confidential personnel documents that they should not have accessed. This should be extremely upsetting to anyone who has ever been employed by a company or organization.
  4. Sarah and Todd Palin do not understand the words “no” and “stop” and do not listen to people who are trying to save them from themselves.
  5. Sarah and Todd Palin take perceived slights extremely personally and will not let them go.
  6. Sarah and Todd Palin do not stop until they get what they want regardless of consequences.
  7. Sarah and Todd Palin lie. And when they attempt to coverup their lies they sound even worse.
  8. Mike Wooten probably has an excellent case to sue the state of Alaska and individuals acting for the state (Sarah Palin, Todd Palin, Frank Bailey, Annette Kreitzer in particular) for employment harassment.
  9. Neither  Sarah nor Todd display respect for common business place practices to ensure a fair and non-hostile work environment. Most employers would do well to steer clear of hiring either Sarah or Todd Palin for fear of being sued. Similarly, most employees would do best to avoid working for either of these people.
  10. The testimony shows Sarah Palin to be an awful executive. And here’s the rub: At the end of the day, Mike Wooten still has his job and Sarah Palin has made a mess of things.

And it turns out that I’m in pretty good company.


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