More Investigation To Go In TrooperGate?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Ethics, Law, McCain, Palin

The Branchflower report and the McCain camp’s clearly dishonest spin was bad enough, but it looks like the McCain campaign opened up Palin to even more scrutiny when they didn’t even need to.

From Newsweek:

Some weeks ago, the McCain team devised a plan to have Palin file an ethics complaint against herself with the State Personnel Board, arguing that it alone was capable of conducting a fair, nonpartisan inquiry into whether she fired Monegan because he refused to fire Wooten, who had been involved in a messy custody battle with her sister.

Some Democrats ridiculed the move, noting that the personnel board answered to Palin. But the board ended up hiring an aggressive Anchorage trial lawyer, Timothy Petumenos, as an independent counsel. McCain aides were chagrined to discover that Petumenos was a Democrat who had contributed to Palin’s 2006 opponent for governor, Tony Knowles.

Palin is now scheduled to be questioned next week, and the counsel’s report could be released soon after. “We took a gamble when we went to the personnel board,” said a McCain aide who asked not to be identified discussing strategy. While the McCain camp still insists Palin “has nothing to hide,” it acknowledges a critical finding by Petumenos would be even harder to dismiss.

So what happens if the State Personnel Board finds that she acted unethically?

Will she claim vindication then too?

More as it develops…

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2 Responses to “More Investigation To Go In TrooperGate?”

  1. pico Says:

    It seems like every time McCain’s campaign takes a gamble it blows up in their face… I’d feel sorry for ‘em if they didn’t want to apply such brilliant decision-making to my nation’s government.

  2. Donklephant » Blog Archive » Sarah And Todd Palin Giving Depositions Friday Says:

    [...] The second TrooperGate investigation gets under way soon. [...]

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