As “Troopergate” continues, I guess it will probably be in the news more, now that the investigation is actually starting.
The state senator overseeing the investigation has promised that he has an “October surprise” that will sink the McCain campaign. Earlier, he was yelling for “impeachment” of the governor. More than a little strange, since the investigation is only starting.
Apparently, the “independent investigator” is answering very closely to State Senator Hollis French (yes, the same guy who is promising a victory-guaranteeing October surprise), a Democrat who has publicly supported Obama. (See article at Town Hall by Amanda Carpenter) French is not just providing oversight, he is in control of the subpoena list.
It seems that Investigator Wooten is not just a scuzzy person who maybe should have been fired, he’s an incredibly scuzzy person who should have been fired (if not arrested) from any position of authority (not to mention an armed position of authority) several times over. Several of the offenses cited in an article from late July at the Anchorage Daily News should have been prosecuted as criminal offenses (including several drinking and driving, drinking while driving, illegally shooting a moose (criminal misdemeanor) while he was the wildlife conservation agent at a local Air Force base, and threatening to shoot his soon-to-be ex-father-in-law if he helped hire an attorney to help his daughter through the divorce). As a naval officer with a security clearance, just one of these things would’ve gotten me in huge trouble and my clearance would have been yanked promptly. Yet Wooten is still on the police force in Wasilla.
And if the whole thing about Governor Palin firing Public Safety Commissioner Monegan was that she wanted Wooten fired… well, then why is he still on the police force? It’s been two months; if Wooten was the prime concern, wouldn’t he be gone by now?
Monegan initially said that nobody actually told him to fire Wooten… but then said he thought he was fired over the Wooten issue, among others.
Wooten himself is conveniently out of the country on a “long-planned vacation” and nobody seems to be arguing that he’s a great guy with an outstanding record; quite the opposite, in fact.
Gov. Palin says that Monegan was fired over “budget prioritization” issues. Since the Public Safety Commissioner serves “at the pleasure of the governor,” she was free to fire him for any reason or no reason at all.
So, aside from the elections, why is this even an issue?