There She Goes Again: Palin Lies About Troopergate

There’ve been many lies coming from the McCain campaign since the general election got underway; from the Bridge to Nowhere, to whether or not Palin went to Iraq, to the claim that Obama would raise taxes on the middle class.  It’s been a lie-a-palooza.

But what makes this lie so bizarre is that in most of the previous lies, debunking them required, at least at their rollout, some form of research.  This one, however, is nakedly false to the most casual observers.

From CNN, this is Sarah Palin regarding the Troopergate report that was released late Friday evening:

“Well, I’m very very pleased to be cleared of any legal wrongdoing, any hint of any kind of unethical activity there,” Palin said on a Saturday conference call with reporters from the Anchorage Daily News, KTVA-Channel 11 and KTUU-Channel 2. “Very pleased to be cleared of any of that.”

Jake Tapper calls her out on it:

But it finds that Palin “knowingly, as that term is defined in … statutes, permitted Todd Palin to use the Governor’s office and the resources of the Governor’s office, including access to state employees, to continue to contact subordinate state employees in an effort to find some way to get Trooper Wooten fired. Her conduct violated AS 39.52.110(a) of the Ethics Act…”

The report states: “I find that Governor Sarah Palin Abused her power by violating Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act … Compliance with the code of ethics is not optional…

“The evidence supports the conclusion that Governor Palin, at the least, engaged in ‘official action’ by her inaction if not her active participation or assistance to her husband in attempting to get Trooper Wooten fired [and there is evidence of her active participation.] She knowingly, as that term is defined in the above cited statutes, permitted Todd Palin to use the Governor’s office and the resources of the Governor’s office, including access to state employees, to continue to contact subordinate state employees in an effort to find some way to get Trooper Wooten fired. Her conduct violated AS 39.52.110(a) of the Ethics Act…

Now, I at least understand the McCain teams initial response; they moved to highlight the portion of the report that Monegan was fired legally, and contested the finding that Palin broke ethics violations (this was the key reason for the “witch hunt” meme).  I disagree strongly with that, considering that the legislative body that deliberated over the report was two to one in favor of Republicans, but at least there is some hints of intellectual honesty in the defense.

But the fact of the matter is, the Branchflower report found that Palin unlawfully abused her power and violated Alaska state ethics laws.  You can dispute the finding, but you can’t dispute that the finding was in the report which is exactly what Palin is attempting to do here.

Of course, I suppose this is to be expected when the McCain Palin ticket is the first presidential ticket in American history where both candidates were found guilty of ethics violations before the election.  They apparently just don’t seem to care that much for ethics.

2 Responses to “There She Goes Again: Palin Lies About Troopergate”

  1. Brenda Kula says:

    That and they most likely think they’re above the fray. Or just in a dream world. Untouchable. I mean, someone who says he can represent the American public and who doesn’t know for sure how many cars or houses he owns is not representing the average population of this country.
    Brenda

  2. ladona says:

    In a desperate attempt to spin this mess, Palin is now claiming that the Troopergate investigation clears her of any wrongdoing, which it does not. We can’t afford eight more years of another administration that abuses their power. Sign this petition urging Palin to stop the lies and walk the ethics reform talk by removing herself from the presidential ticket now: http://go.care2.com/17292327

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