Palin Pursuing Leaker in Flimsy Ethics Complaint
Those afflicted with Palin Derangement Syndrome will go to any lengths to undermine the retiring Alaskan governor.
The latest attack claims a leaked report from the Alaskan State Personnel Board indicates that Governor Palin will be found guilty of one of the numerous fanciful ethics complaints filed against her. The controversy stems from the Alaskan state ethics investigator’s contention that Palin’s establishment and use of a legal defense fund is unethical:
Selected quotations from the report show that investigator Thomas Daniel reasoned that because an ordinary citizen would not be able to raise significant sums for to pay for legal fees, Mrs. Palin shouldn’t be able to do so, either. “Governor Palin is able to generate donations because of the fact that she is a public official and a public figure. Were it not for the fact that she is governor and a national political figure, it is unlikely that many citizens would donate money to her legal defense fund,” Mr. Daniel wrote.
Stretch Armstrong would be ashamed to stretch as far as this investigator.
Unlike your run-of-the-mill Republican candidate, Palin isn’t graciously accepting the abuse. Despite the media attempt to portray the outcome of this particular complaint as a done deal, no conclusion has been reached:
“Whatever you have seen was released in violation of law,” [Palin attorney Thomas Van Flien] said. “There has been no Board finding of an ethics violation and there is a detailed legal process to follow before there is a final resolution."
It turns out the alleged leaker is one Kim Chatman, who has been looking for an axe to grind with Palin for some time now:
Kim Chatman, who filed the complaint, spoke to the Associated Press on the record ahead of the report's release, an action prohibited by the ethics procedures. Palin's aides believe Ms. Chatman leaked the report as well. ... Her spokeswoman Meghan Stapleton said, “It appears suspect that in the final days of the governor's term, someone would again violate the law and announce a supposed conclusion before it is reached."