RawStory is reporting that more than 1,100 emails have withheld from investigators that could shed light into "Troopergate" — the scandal concerning Palin’s alleged firing of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan for not pursuing a personal vendetta against Palin’s former brother-in-law, Michael Wooten. Apparently, the missing emails involve correspondence between "First Dude" (and faux-pro fisherman) Todd Palin and various government agencies. The suppression of these digital missives raises questions not only about what the Palins are trying to hide but also why the hell Todd was involved in government policy to begin with.
The WaPo is reporting that Monegan showed them emails from Palin’s personal Yahoo account containing complaints about Wooten’s non-dismissal. Some choice excerpts:
"This trooper is still out on the street, in fact he’s been promoted."
was a joke, the whole year long ‘investigation’ of him."
"This is the same trooper who’s out there today telling people
the new administration is going to destroy the trooper organization,
and that he’d ‘never work for that b****’ Palin."
Palin claims that she never explicitly demanded that the trooper be fired, but audio ofone of her senior aides, Frank Bailey, makes it pretty clear that he’s acting on behalf of the Palins. Take a listen here. The first few minutes are a little slow, but it gets real good.
Andrée McLeod, a registered Republican and self described "independent watchdog," made the initial FOIA request for the emails. She sums the situation up nicely in an article from Mother Jones.
"I’ve known Sarah for years, " says McLeod, who moved to Alaska from
New York in 1978. "When the finger is pointed at somebody else, she’s
all for accountability. When it’s pointing at her, it’s different.
Sarah Palin was elected on the basis of providing open and honest
government. She has failed miserably."
Palin also fails miserably at understanding the U.S. economy, as illustrated by her first public gaffe since hitching her snow machine to the Straight Talk Express.