Wanting to get a feel for how Sarah Palin in viewed in Alaska, I just got off the phone with an Alaskan state worker who gave me some background information. I want to research these — however, I’m also moving this weekend, so I have an issue with time. And besides that, having multiple people dig up dirt on a politician is more productive than just one doing it.
Breaking news right now on Palin could be critical. Right now, McCain has effectively taken control of the news cycle right until next Friday — but Palin is still undefined. The Republicans are trying to define her, but if we can bring up questions about corruption and her integrity, it could dog the GOP convention. Placing the McCain campaign on the defensive during their week long infomercial would be dividends in November — wouldn’t it be cool if you played a role in that?
To give you a starting point, here’s what I know…
Sarah Palin is currently being investigated. Emphasis on currently. It has been said this campaign that choosing a running mate is essentially a candidate’s first presidential decision, and McCain choose a candidate who is still under investigation in Alaska. The reason centers around Alaska State Trooper Mike Wooten, Gov. Palin’s former brother-in-law, and questions over whether Palin’s office pushed to get him fired. One reason why there are questions is because Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan was fired. Monegan, also the former Chief of Police in Anchorage, was described to me as being a man nearly “beyond reproach” who should have never been fired. Though Palin’s office initially denied involvement in pressuring Monegan to fire Trooper Wooten, an audio recording of a call to Monegan from one of Palin’s aides was revealed a couple weeks ago. I’ve been told that getting Monegan to discuss the matter would be difficult, but if anybody could… It might be amazing.
Additionally, Gov. Palin appears to have some managerial flups with the state’s natural gas. Given that her only experience in 18 months serving as an executive, if her record as an executive isn’t spotless this could mean trouble. Somewhat ironically, she’s managed to piss off big oil companies — which is important in a state where many are employed by those oil companies. Gov. Palin proposed the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA), where offers to build a natural gas pipeline were taken. But because of the taxes she wanted to charge the company that took the project, no big oil company bit. In fact, AGIA was rewarded to a Canadian company, TransCanada. That’s not great for American jobs, either? It gets worse, though, because here’s the flup: BP and ConocoPhillips have reached above Gov. Palin’s office and made a counter proposal, the Denali Project. It’s possible that gas producers will sell to them rather than the state backed TransCanada project. So Gov. Palin has a problem unique problem on her hands — she’s somehow managed to fuck up sale of a product that’s in huge demand right now. If AGIA can be made into an issue questioning her prowess as an executive, it would undercut any experience that the McCain campaign claims makes her qualified for the job of Vice President.
That’s what I know, so take it from there. Make this a thread to post research links to, post this and whatever you find out to dKos or any other community blog, etc. McCain made a huge mistake here — let’s make him pay for it by taking over the news cycle with (some pretty damn reasonable, I must say) questions about Palin.