Here’s more on Sarah Palin according to the Anchorage Daily News, yesterday the Governor explained to the media why she resigned: http://www.adn.com/palin/story/855907.html
“The governor repeatedly returned to the subject of ethics complaints filed against her during her 10-minute interview with the Daily News, saying she spent “most of my day, and my staff, most of their day and the department of law, a lot of their day on the frivolity.”
There have been 18 known ethics complaints filed against her. The governor’s office said they’ve been dismissed so far with no finding of wrongdoing, although she did settle a complaint over state-paid travel for her children.
The state personnel board put its cost of dealing with the complaints at about $300,000 — around two-thirds of which was in addressing the “Troopergate” issue last fall. Palin herself initiated the personnel board investigation on “Troopergate,” saying that the state Legislature’s investigation of the matter was politicized and she was seeking the appropriate venue to deal with it.
Palin said Monday she didn’t view the cost as just the $300,000 for the personnel board — but rather $2 million for the state. It is a figure her administration now uses — not meant to be actual checks written by the state but to also reflect time of state employees.
It is a per-hour calculation that the Palin administration put together, involving time spent by state lawyers deciding which public information to release as a result of all public records requests, time spent by governor’s office staffers responding to media inquiries about ethics complaints, and time technicians spend on retrieving requested e-mail, among other things.”
“Palin, asked why she allowed the ethics complaints to consume her so much, said she did not take the complaints personally, and that for her it was about state resources being spent on attacks that followed her run last fall as the Republican vice presidential nominee.
“That huge waste that we have seen with the countless, countless hours that state staff is spending on these frivolous ethics violations and the millions of dollars that Alaskans are spending, that money not going to things that are very important, like troopers and roads and teachers and fish research,” Palin said.”
So if I have this straight Gov Sarah Palin is complaining about costs that she herself incurred. These costs involved spending time determining how to fight off requests for records and emails in addition to her decision to have the personnel board investigate her involvement with the Troopergate when the legislature was already spending time and money on said investigation. In other words, her administration’s lack of transparency and attempts at stonewalling led to her administration being paralyzed.
I would remind Gov. Palin that President William Clinton had to deal with constant requests of his time and the time of his staff during the Starr Investigation impeachment hearing and senate actions, and his administration still stood in and did their duty to the country.
Governor Palin further elaborated on her perceived treatment in the media:
“The double standard that’s applied here is a bit perplexing. … Didn’t Lisa Murkowski leave office to go take her dad’s seat? (Govs.) Huntsman left, Napolitano just left … ,” Palin said, referring to governors who took positions in President Obama’s administration.”
For Palin to compare her stepping down to the actions of others who stepped down because of an appointment to higher office is ludicrous. She has not decided to step down to take on additional duties she had stepped down because she does not know how to handle adversity. The requests that her administration had to deal with were no more onerous than that of other politicians. Governor Palin before entering the national scene as John McCain’s running mate had only to contend with local issues close to Alaska. Closer scrutiny during a national election should have been expected. Frankly, the Troopergate investigation was already underway before Sen. McCain picked Sarah Palin.
During the fall campaign, information became known about charges that the fiscally conservative Governor made to her state for the expenses of her family. In addition, she and her staff had bypassed proper use of government email by using personal email for government business to conceal communications from the public.
The expenses that she says the state incurred are of her own doing. Did she really think that she could return to Alaska and everything that was discovered during the fall would just melt away? If she wants to talk about the politics of personal destruction, she should look no further than herself when she accused then candidate Barack Obama of “palling around with terrorists”
Other more personal details of her life became known when she decided to introduce her family and brought her children onto the national stage. She champions conservative values for the public to emulate, and then her own family proves that it is only human. It is ok to be human just do not spend your time telling others that they have to be superhuman to represent Americans. Request for information and ethics complaints are to be expected just ask President Clinton or former Gov. Mike Huckabee, who pointed out as much on Sunday.
Gov. Palin claims that she is answering to a higher calling. What in her mind could not wait until after she fulfilled her commitment to the people of Alaska? She indicated that she would campaign for other like-minded candidates, that’s a lot easier than governing a state. All she needs to do now is repeat platitudes.