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Vanity Fair Discovers Sarah Palin is Loud and Secretive

Excellent detailed piece on Sarah Palin by journalist Michael Joseph Gross in the October 2010 issue of Vanity Fair


Sarah Palin: The Sound and the Fury

Former Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin speaks at the "Restoring Honor" rally at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington on August 28, 2010.

Even as Sarah Palin’s public voice grows louder, she has become increasingly secretive, walling herself off from old friends and associates, and attempting to enforce silence from those around her. Following the former Alaska governor’s road show, the author delves into the surreal new world Palin now inhabits—a place of fear, anger, and illusion, which has swallowed up the engaging, small-town hockey mom and her family—and the sadness she has left in her wake.

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Gov. Parnell Moves to Erase Sarah Palin, Seeks to Reopen Kensington Gold Mine near Juneau

Parnell has moved to support the reopening of the Kensington Mine near Juneau, Alaska.  The Corps of Engineers had revoked the fill permit allowing the mine to dump tailings in a land locked lake
00Kensington Gold Mine

The entrance tunnel and water treatment facility for the Kensington Gold Mine operated by Coeur Alaska can be seen against Lion Head Mountain near Juneau, Alaska. Environmental groups have demonstrated that permits allowing the proposed Kensington Gold Mine to dump tons of chemical waste into Lower Slate Lake located in the Tongass National Forest will violate the Clean Water Act.

Gov. Sean Parnell made his first move to put his stamp on the Governor’s office.

Sarah Palin’s long time friend and confidant Kris Perry, the Governor’s Anchorage office manager, stepped down.  Kris was replaced by a long time Parnell aide, Cindy Sims.

The most notable change was the resignation of Frank Bailey, Director of Boards and Commissions.  Frank attracted notoriety with his famous call to Lt. Rod Dial to discuss Trooper Wooten and confidential personnel issues that he should never have been privy to, given his position.  However, Frank was Sarah’s loyal dog, and he did what he was told.  Of that, there is no doubt.

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Two from Sarah Palin’s ‘Inner Circle’ Resign from Gov. Parnell Administration

Frank Bailey resigned as the director of Boards and Commissions.

Frank Bailey resigned as the director of Boards and Commissions.

Editor’s note: This story incorrectly stated that Kris Perry announced her resignation Tuesday. That announcement was in fact made prior to Gov. Sarah Palin’s resignation.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Two major players in former Gov. Sarah Palin’s administration won’t continue on with Gov. Sean Parnell’s administration.

Frank Bailey, director of Boards and Commissions, said he was stepping down Tuesday.

Kris Perry, former governor Sarah Palin's closest confidant, has resigned.

Kris Perry, former governor Sarah Palin's closest confidant, has resigned ahead of Palin's departure from office.

Kris Perry, who managed Palin’s Anchorage office, turned in her resignation sometime before Palin herself resigned Sunday, governor’s office spokesperson Sharon Leighow said.

Both Perry and Bailey were considered as being in Palin’s “inner circle,” and Perry was regarded as Palin’s closest confidant.

Bailey came under fire during the so-called “Troopergate” scandal after a recording revealed Bailey was attempting to pressure the Alaska State Troopers into firing Palin’s former brother in-law, Mike Wooten.

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Alaska Senate Finds Todd Palin, Staffers in Contempt

The Alaska Senate confronted Gov. Sarah Palin on Friday over her resistance to Legislative subpoenas in the Troopergate investigation with a mild rebuke for her husband and some of her staff. The resolution was drafted behind the scenes, catching many lawmakers and Palin supporters off guard.

A resolution, which passed in a 16-1 vote, found 10 witnesses in contempt after they balked at testifying before a legislative investigator, but no penalties were issued.

Sen. Hollis French and Gov. Sarah Palin

Sen. Hollis French and Gov. Sarah Palin

Sen. Hollis French, D-Anchorage, brought a resolution containing the contempt finding Friday morning in a surprise move. Those found in contempt were given no opportunity to defend themselves, but they were not penalized either.

French is chairman of the Senate Judiciary, which the Legislature designated to supervise the investigation into the scandal, dubbed Troopergate.

The public and Palin’s Senate supporters were not made aware of the contempt resolution before the Senate took it up Friday morning.

The Legislature’s investigation found Palin had the power to fire Department of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan, but that Palin had done so partly for personal reasons and she abused her power when doing so.

Palin had originally pledged to cooperate with the Legislative investigation, but after she began running for vice-president she reversed course and Alaska Attorney General Talis Colberg tried to block the investigation in court.

“The subpoenas were lawful, and the subpoenas were disobeyed,” French said.

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Gov. Palin’s Vice Presidential Quest Costs Alaskan Taxpayers Over $1,000 a Day

In the Anchorage Daily News this morning it was reported that Governor Sarah Palin is traveling with her Alaskan office director, Kris Perry, so that Gov. Palin can run the State of Alaska AND campaign for Vice President of the United States at the same time.  Though the exact costs of Ms. Perry’s travels with Gov. Palin are not currently known, estimates are at over $1,000 a day, for which Alaskan taxpayers are footing the bill.  These costs could have been avoid had Gov. Palin temporarily turned over daily operations to Alaska’s lieutenant governor, Sean Parnell.

Is this something Alaskans are comfortable with paying for in light of our current economic crisis?  Shouldn’t the costs of Perry accompanying Gov. Palin be paid for by the McCain-Palin campaign instead of the State of Alaska?  And isn’t the job of governor a full-time position requiring more than ‘phoning it in’ so to speak?  Isn’t campaigning for Vice President of the United States of America MORE than a full-time job?  And what about Gov. Palin’s attention to the legal matters involved in her defense of ethics violations with the second Troopergate investigation before the Alaska Personnel Board, isn’t that at the very least a part-time job?  And not to be sexist, but isn’t being a mother of five, including a new baby, also more than a full-time position? 

While it is possible for a person with an A-type personality to multitask more than one responsibility at a time, doesn’t that then sometimes compromise the quality of the work done?  And last time we checked, aren’t there only 24 hours in a day?

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The Odd Lies Of Sarah Palin XI: Asking The Girls?

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, husband Todd Palin and two of their daughters.

Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, husband Todd Palin and two of their five children.

Why does GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin continue to lie to the United States voters, even about little details, that can be so easily disproved?  The brilliant Andrew Sullivan examines yet another of Palin’ ongoing lies and we are left to wonder, how stupid does Sarah Palin think Americans are?

This is indeed odd. Here is Palin answering Hannity’s question about her decision to accept the vice-presidency:

“It was a time of asking the girls to vote on it, anyway.  And they voted unanimously, yes.  Didn’t bother asking my son because, you know, he’s going to be off doing his thing anyway, so he wouldn’t be so impacted by, at least, the campaign period here.  So ask the girls what they thought and they’re like, absolutely.  Let’s do this, mom.”

But here’s the official tick-tock of the announcement from McCain communications director Jill Hazelbaker on August 29:

“Later that morning, John McCain departed for Phoenix and Governor Palin departed with staff to Flagstaff, Arizona.  Governor Palin, Kris Perry, Steve Schmidt and Mark Salter proceeded to the Manchester Inn and Conference Center in Middleton, Ohio. They were checked into the hotel as the Upton Family. While there, Governor Palin’s children, who had been told they were going to Ohio to celebrate their parents’ wedding anniversary, were told for the first time that their mother would be a nominee for Vice President of the United States of America.”

Here’s the ADN story that claims that the pick was a total surprise to her family and children in Ohio. Here is more Palin from the Hannity interview:

PALIN: Well, I found out about the actual selection just a couple days before you guys all did. Getting that nod was quite an experience, of course, because I knew that Senator McCain and his team had been doing a heck of a lot of research and vetting of many names.

But according to the McCain campaign, it was not “a couple days” between her being asked and our finding out. It was one day. She was asked 11 am on Thursday and the pick became public Friday morning: one day. Moreover, Todd Palin insisted in an earlier interview that during that one day between the nod and the announcement, the girls were kept totally in the dark:

So this was Thursday morning. I wake them up at 5:00 o’clock in the morning, and I said, OK, hey, we’re going on a surprise trip to celebrate your mom and I’s anniversary, 20th anniversary. So give me your cell phones. Well, why do you want my cell phone? Because I know you’re going to call people, and you might call mom and ask what’s going on. So I said, Give me your cell phones. If there’s any questions — whoever wants to ask questions is going to stay at Grandma’s house, so who’s going?

So they gave me all their cell phones. And so later that day, Sarah called me — or that morning, Sarah called me and then we were on a plane south.

Look: Palin can’t have taken the “two days” between McCain’s offer and the announcement to get the girls to vote on the question because a) it was one day, not two and b) because her husband and the McCain campaogn have already told us they were kept totally in the dark in the period after their mother had accepted McCain’s offer. There was no time for them to vote and no vote could have been offered.

I know this is trivial, but the point is that there is a very powerful pattern here of Sarah Palin’s difficulty with telling the truth. Here we have some clear facts and chronology about events in the public record that happened only a couple of weeks ago and Sarah Palin’s stories are hopelessly contradictory. This is a pattern. She seems to have imagined a conversation that could not have taken place.

And the other weird detail, of course, is her dismissal of Track’s views because he would be in Iraq “doing his thing.” In fact, an active duty soldier would have plenty of reason to be consulted about the possibility of his mother becoming vice-president. It could compromise his ability to blend in, require possible extra security protection, and perhaps jeopardize his chance to be in combat. Think Prince Harry or McCain’s sons whom he wisely keeps very much in the background.

Remember she also told Charlie Gibson that she instantly and unblinkingly said yes, when asked, to John McCain’s offer for the veep slot. Either Palin lied to Gibson or she lied to Hannity. Take your pick.

The Odd Lies Of Sarah Palin XI: Asking The Girls?

Alaska Attorney General Talis Colberg Says 7 State Employees Will Now Testify in Gov. Palin Troopergate Investigation

As reported in this morning’s Anchorage Daily News by journalist Wesley Loy, State Attorney General Talis Colberg has announced that the seven state employees who previously refused to testify in the Governor Sarah Palin “Troopergate” ethics investigation will now cooperate with investigators. 

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s attorney general announced Sunday that seven state employees will now honor subpoenas to testify in the legislative investigation of the Troopergate affair.

Attorney General Talis Colberg said the decision comes in light of Superior Court Judge Peter Michalski’s ruling last week rejecting an attempt to kill the subpoenas.

The state Department of Law “consulted with the seven state employees and advised them of their options,” a statement from Colberg’s office said.

All seven have decided to cooperate with the investigation, the statement said.

“Despite my initial concerns about the subpoenas, we respect the court’s decision to defer to the Legislature,” Colberg said. “We are working with Senator Hollis French to arrange for the testimony of the seven state employee plaintiffs.”

The seven employees, with Colberg’s office acting as their attorney, sued the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 25, arguing that legislators on the committee lacked authority to issue the subpoenas.

Michalski disagreed, ruling the investigation “is a proper subject for the Legislature” and any allegation that the committee overstepped its bounds is “an issue for the legislative branch, not the judicial branch.”

A different, bipartisan panel of legislators known as the Legislative Council voted July 28 to hire a retired state prosecutor, Steve Branchflower, to investigate whether Palin abused her power in firing former Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan.

Monegan has said he believes he lost his job because he resisted pressure from Palin and others to fire a state trooper involved in a child custody battle with the governor’s sister. Palin says budget clashes with Monegan, not the trooper issue, triggered his firing.

The so-called Troopergate investigation has taken on national significance since Aug. 29, when Palin was announced as Republican John McCain’s vice presidential running mate.

The campaign claims biased Democrats are controlling the legislative investigation and hope to use the results against the McCain-Palin ticket in the final weeks of campaigning before the Nov. 4 election. Branchflower is expected to finish his report by this Friday.

In an exchange of letters with Colberg, state Sen. Kim Elton, a Juneau Democrat and Legislative Council chairman, questioned whether the attorney general believed obeying a subpoena is “voluntary.”

On Sunday, Elton said details were still being worked out on when the seven state employees will meet with Branchflower for questioning.

Enough time is left for Branchflower to conduct useful interviews with the seven witnesses, Elton said, but added: “It would have been much better to have done this two weeks ago.”

Among the seven state employees are some of Palin’s top aides, including her chief of staff, Mike Nizich, and administration commissioner Annette Kreitzer.

The Judiciary Committee also issued a subpoena to the governor’s husband, Todd Palin, who had talked with Monegan and other state workers about his family’s displeasure with the trooper.

Todd Palin has refused to honor the subpoena, but his lawyer said he plans to cooperate with a separate investigation the state Personnel Board is conducting into Monegan’s firing. That investigation, however, likely won’t conclude until after the election.

Legislators did not subpoena the governor herself.

Witness list

These seven state employees have now agreed to cooperate in the legislative investigation of the Troopergate affair.

  • Dianne Kiesel, a state human resources manager
  • Annette Kreitzer, state administration commissioner
  • Janice Mason, Gov. Sarah Palin’s scheduler and executive secretary
  • Nicki Neal, state personnel and labor relations director
  • Mike Nizich, Palin’s chief of staff
  • Kris Perry, director of the governor’s Anchorage office
  • Brad Thompson, state risk management director


Alaska Attorney General Talis Colberg Says 7 State Employees Will Now Testify in Gov. Palin Troopergate Investigation