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So you know that ethics bill that Palin touts on the trail as being one of her biggest accomplishments during her tenure as Governor? Well, the guy who helped develop a key part of that legislation also had some free advice for Sarah and her husband regarding TrooperGate.

From Wall Street Journal

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An informal adviser who has counseled Gov. Sarah Palin on ethics issues urged her in July to apologize for her handling of the dismissal of the state’s public safety commissioner and warned that the matter could snowball into a bigger scandal.

He also said, in a letter reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, that she should fire any aides who had raised concerns with the chief over a state trooper who was involved in a bitter divorce with the governor’s sister.

In the letter, written before Sen. John McCain picked the Alaska governor as his running mate, former U.S. Attorney Wevley Shea warned Gov. Palin that “the situation is now grave” and recommended that she and her husband, Todd Palin, apologize for “overreaching or perceived overreaching” for using her position to try to get Trooper Mike Wooten fired from the force.

Frankly, if there was no “there” there, do you really think that an “ethics adviser” would go out of his way to warn her that what she had done warranted an apology?

And let’s remember something. Initially Palin said her and her staff would all fully cooperate with the investigation. Well now that she’s the Veep nominee, 7 members of her staff are refusing to testify and she’s trying, via surrogates in the Alaskan legislature, to scuttle the investigation. Why? Because she’s now arguing the investigation doesn’t belong in the legislature. Instead, they claim it belongs in the executive branch.

Yeah, I’m sure the same branch Palin is in will do a thorough job.

The ethics adviser had something to say about this as well…

Mr. Shea, in his Aug. 4 letter, warned Gov. Palin against taking her current approach. “My feeling is this is not a personnel matter. It doesn’t have anything to do with the governing of the state of Alaska,” he said in an interview this week.

More as it develops...

  • kranky kritter

    Frankly, if there was no “there” there, do you really think that an “ethics adviser” would go out of his way to warn her that what she had done warranted an apology?

    Absolutely. No question about it. 1000 times yes! Clearly this is advice about managing public opinion. And the evidence is right there in the text you quoted, where he says “over-reaching or perceived over-reaching.” This implicitly implied that people’s perceptions are what is important, as opposed to the actual facts.

    I wonder what folks out there think of the supposition that a person in power ought not to fire their crooked soon_to-be-ex brother-in-law, even if he deserves it, because it might make them look bad.

    What would we think of Palin if, instead of firing this guy, she let him stay on, and then we found out that she chose NOT to fire him specifically because she was afraid of how it would make her look. REALLY think about that one. If that were the current story, she’d be getting excoriated for the exact opposite action, which would be offensive because it showed a lack of courage in the face of political opinion.

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