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Once Elected, Palin Hired Friends and Lashed Foes
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/14/us/politics/14palin.html?hp ^ | sept 13,2008 | NY TIMES

Posted on 09/13/2008 5:43:10 PM PDT by samkatz

WASILLA, Alaska — Gov. Sarah Palin lives by the maxim that all politics is local, not to mention personal.

So when there was a vacancy at the top of the State Division of Agriculture, she appointed a high school classmate, Franci Havemeister, to the $95,000-a-year directorship. A former real estate agent, Ms. Havemeister cited her childhood love of cows as a qualification for running the roughly $2 million agency.

Ms. Havemeister was one of at least five schoolmates Ms. Palin hired, often at salaries far exceeding their private sector wages.

When Ms. Palin had to cut her first state budget, she avoided the legion of frustrated legislators and mayors. Instead, she huddled with her budget director and her husband, Todd, an oil field worker who is not a state employee, and vetoed millions of dollars of legislative projects.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Alaska
KEYWORDS: alaska; mccainpalin; nyt; palin; palinrecord; rumorpaper
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anyone else see this Slimes hit piece? Actually it looks very bad for Sarah. Sure, we wonder, did they interview everyone Obama or Biden worked with. Sure, chances are a lot of people up there hate her. But she sounds a lot like Hilary doesnt she?
1 posted on 09/13/2008 5:43:11 PM PDT by samkatz
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To: samkatz

Compare this to Travelgate.


2 posted on 09/13/2008 5:44:35 PM PDT by gitmo (Some days you're the dog. Some days you're the hydrant.)
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To: samkatz
Oh no, this has never happened before...

Sheesh.

3 posted on 09/13/2008 5:45:11 PM PDT by Corin Stormhands (Community Organizers for McCain-Palin now at http://www.cafepress.com/writeside)
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To: samkatz

“Ms. Havemeister cited her childhood love of cows as a qualification for running the roughly $2 million agency.”

Mr. Obama cited his childhood love for domestic terrorist Bill Ayers as a qualification for running a failed $160MM “education” project called Annenberg.


4 posted on 09/13/2008 5:45:27 PM PDT by frankjr (Stand up Chuck, let 'em see ya!!! Ohhhhhh.)
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To: gitmo

Ah, no one else have ever done this? /sarc


5 posted on 09/13/2008 5:45:43 PM PDT by K-oneTexas (I'm not a judge and there ain't enough of me to be a jury. (Zell Miller, A National Party No More))
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To: samkatz

The New York Times.

OK, no need to read any further, we all trust the Times implicitly, for it is a shining beacon of truth and accuracy, and impartial reporting.

Pardon me, I have to go take a long hot shower, to get the smell of vomit off me.


6 posted on 09/13/2008 5:46:22 PM PDT by Fatuncle (Of course I'm ignorant. I'm here to learn.)
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To: samkatz

Being lashed by Palin... huh?


7 posted on 09/13/2008 5:46:43 PM PDT by DTogo (I haven't left the GOP, the GOP left me.)
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To: samkatz
A former real estate agent, Ms. Havemeister cited her childhood love of cows

The federal government is littered with similar and much worse stories. Just what was Franklin Raines' qualfications to head the OMB and then a large mortgage scandal waiting to happen?

This will blow over because it is not news. If there is any tape of Ms. Haemeister saying "God bless these cows? No, G D these cows!", now that would be news.

8 posted on 09/13/2008 5:47:03 PM PDT by Bernard (If you always tell the truth, you never have to remember exactly what you said.)
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To: samkatz

I’ve lashed some folks in my day. They loved it.


9 posted on 09/13/2008 5:47:31 PM PDT by eyedigress
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To: samkatz

Just some more crackhead confabulations from the lying, death freak, plague rats, of the Red Rag Hag. AKA: NYTs.


10 posted on 09/13/2008 5:47:32 PM PDT by DGHoodini (Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand)
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To: samkatz
Viva Mexico and

"Slim's Slimes!"


11 posted on 09/13/2008 5:48:07 PM PDT by xcamel (Conservatives start smart, and get rich, liberals start rich, and get stupid.)
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To: samkatz

Obama’s slime the opponent strategy has begun in full.
This will only get uglier.
No one gets to the Governors office without making enemies.
Ever try to run just a little group of people in the same city, or town? No one ever is liked 100%.
Putting doubts in voters minds is one thing that Obama is good at. We need to be very careful not to fall into his trap.


12 posted on 09/13/2008 5:49:39 PM PDT by donnab (some people use change to promote their careers...others use their careers to promote change.)
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To: samkatz

They released this on Saturday?
Bad timing.


13 posted on 09/13/2008 5:50:08 PM PDT by golfisnr1 (Democrats are like roaches - hard to get rid of.)
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To: frankjr
And don't forget about Tony Rezko and the 1.65 million Sweetheart Deal he got for the Chicago Hyde Park Suburban home.

The Lamestream Media is in complete Meltdown...I guess it's no big deal when Democrats hire old friends, acquaintances, and cronies to run agencies and man Cabinet positions. But, oh, those mean and nasty Republicans!

Spare me.

14 posted on 09/13/2008 5:50:48 PM PDT by T Lady (The Mainstream Media: Public Enemy #1)
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To: samkatz

This sounds positively Clintonesque. Perhaps Sarah studied Hillary

Perhaps she will fire all the US Attorneys when she gets to DC. Perhaps she was selected for her hatchet man skills. Perhaps the Travel office staff will be sacked


15 posted on 09/13/2008 5:51:20 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Conservation? Let the NE Yankees freeze.... in the dark)
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To: samkatz

Wouldn’t you be expected to hire people you trust? Are they doing a bad job?

I liked how they tried to make it sound bad that her Husband helped her with the budget.

I don’t remember the NY Times being upset when Bill Clinton got his wife, who was not a federal employee, to help him with his job.


16 posted on 09/13/2008 5:52:12 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: samkatz

File under “TO the Victor Goes the Spoils”. Ask Bill Clinton about the travel office and ALL US Attorneys.


17 posted on 09/13/2008 5:52:34 PM PDT by jwalsh07 (MSM Lied, Journalism Died. RIP 2008)
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To: samkatz

“Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Irwin appointed Franci A. Havemeister Director of the State Divsion of Agriculture on August 1, 2007. Director Havemeister has first hand knowledge of the day to day business of agriculture in Alaska. She has worked as a real estate agent, served as the Children’s Education Director for the Crossraods Community Church, volunteered as a youth basketball coach, owned her own businss and worked as a Case Processor for the State of Alaska.

Franci and her husband, Bob, have four children and are lifetime Alaskans. She has spent her life actively involved in agriculture from the 4-H program to varied agriculture sectors including dairy, potato, vegetable and greenhouse production.

Director Havemeister stated she will strive to increase communication and make a positive difference by promoting the long term success of the agriculture industry in the State of Alaska.””

http://www.nasda.org/cms/7195/9474/8783.aspx

Palin appointed her?


18 posted on 09/13/2008 5:53:18 PM PDT by Lovebloggers (uate)
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To: samkatz

What do they expect? That Sarah should hire enemies?

This is another hit piece that’s going nowhere .....


19 posted on 09/13/2008 5:53:28 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("I Believe In The Law Until It Interferes With Justice")
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To: samkatz

Palin taxed the evil oil companies, cut government spending and had an 80% approval rating. The people complaining are other politicians who are pissed she wouldn’t approve their pet projects. Oddly enough, an earlier AP story chided her for increased government spending.


20 posted on 09/13/2008 5:53:49 PM PDT by Krankor (Are you claiming you eat toucans or)
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To: samkatz
So when there was a vacancy at the top of the State Division of Agriculture, she appointed a high school classmate, Franci Havemeister, to the $95,000-a-year directorship.

the Clintons did the same thing... most politicians do this--hire people they know/trust... sheesh, even Lucille Ball did this with her sit-coms...

21 posted on 09/13/2008 5:54:02 PM PDT by latina4dubya (self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: Corin Stormhands

Agree....whats wrong with hiring people one can rely on to get the job done, trust based on past performance / record etc ?

I’d hire my neighbors kid as a landscaper before I’d hire Obama bin Biden to mow my lawn.


22 posted on 09/13/2008 5:54:08 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: gitmo

“Compare this to Travelgate.”

_____________________________

Don’t forget the firing of every U.S. Attorney after taking office to get rid of one.

People don’t seem to understand that Palin was not the friend of the entrenched when she took office in AK.

Another non-story about the VP candidate = McCain win.


23 posted on 09/13/2008 5:54:54 PM PDT by volunbeer (Dear heaven.... we really need President Reagan again!)
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To: samkatz
Prior to Sarah coming on the scene Alaska was run by two men. Frank Murkowski and Ted Stevens. They are both corrupt. Sarah couldn't and shouldn't have gone to their cronies to fill state openings.
24 posted on 09/13/2008 5:55:28 PM PDT by Artemis Webb (Sarah Palin: Babies, Guns, Jesus. HOT DAMN!)
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To: samkatz
Sounds like Klinton. He fired like 250 attorneys general and Bush fired nine and you would have thunk that he bombed St. Louis.
25 posted on 09/13/2008 5:55:41 PM PDT by RetiredArmy (Obama's mama was a Seattle Marxist, trained him, thus he is a Marxist. A communist.)
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To: samkatz

No, samkatz, she doesn’t sound like Hilary. She sounds like a leader - someone who puts people she knows and trusts in positions of power and fires people who will get in the way of what she’s trying to accomplish. Hilary doesn’t simply fire people who get in her way; she destroys them. (Think White House travel office.)

Palin has accomplished a lot in her short tenure, and the people of Alaska love her.

Nossir! Sarah doesn’t sound like Hilary AT ALL.


26 posted on 09/13/2008 5:55:41 PM PDT by Wife of D28Man
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To: Lovebloggers

Note that Havemeister’s father-in-law owns a large dairy farm in Wasilla.

http://dwb.adn.com/news/alaska/matsu/mat_maid/story/8982770p-8897080c.html


27 posted on 09/13/2008 5:56:11 PM PDT by Lovebloggers (uate)
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To: samkatz

Read the piece.
Wow !!
Are we sure this isn’t from the McCain/ Palin campaign ?
What’s not to like ?
She doesn’t suffer fools.
She doesn’t tolerate corruption.
She hires people she knows and trusts.
She doesn’t blab.
She requires that those around her keep confidences.
The citizens love her.
She gets things done.
She’s quick and bright and ethical.
She doesn’t bow down to the media.
But,...there is a horrible revelation..she sometimes uses personal e mail for state business.


28 posted on 09/13/2008 5:56:18 PM PDT by Wild Irish Rogue
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To: donnab

Bingo.
This is Dem “opposition research” teaming with the Slimes to bring down Palin. Good news is this won’t change any minds. They had about a two week window to define her. They have failed. Voters are prepared for the sliming.


29 posted on 09/13/2008 5:56:39 PM PDT by davidtalker (David Gold - goldtalk.com)
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To: samkatz

You hire people you trust.

The republican and democratic bureaucracies were not on her side....in fact, they opposed her and wanted to bring her down.

So, you break new ground.

I have no problem with it at all.


30 posted on 09/13/2008 5:58:49 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain Opposing -> ZerObama: zero executive, military, or international experience)
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To: gitmo
Once clinton got in he tried to hire friends but they and even him could not pass security clearance.
31 posted on 09/13/2008 5:59:48 PM PDT by mountainlion (concerned conservative.)
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To: Wild Irish Rogue; samkatz
Read the piece.

Exactly. There are some snarks in there, and yeah it's from the NYT. They don't like here.

But I'm reading and thinking, "Please, please President McCain, put her in charge of personnel."

32 posted on 09/13/2008 6:01:33 PM PDT by Corin Stormhands (Community Organizers for McCain-Palin now at http://www.cafepress.com/writeside)
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To: SkyDancer
Palin is a self made woman.

Hillary?... well... we know.

Palin is going to be a formidable foe. I am thinking that Obama has probably made the offer for Hillary to come back on the ticket. I am guessing she already told him to "stick it!"

33 posted on 09/13/2008 6:04:44 PM PDT by Northern Yankee (Freedom Needs A Soldier)
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To: samkatz

Probably a bunch of BS, but I’m hoping it’s true. I’m tired of the GOP walking around with a kick me sign on.


34 posted on 09/13/2008 6:05:33 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: davidtalker

Don’t underestimate them. Its going to get even uglier until November. They will pull out all the stops.
We need to keep reminding ourselves that a governor does not get an 80% approval for nothing. And remind ourselves that it means the 20% do not like her. We have to make sure that it is not the voice of the 20% we hear.


35 posted on 09/13/2008 6:06:16 PM PDT by donnab (some people use change to promote their careers...others use their careers to promote change.)
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To: samkatz

Nobody of importance reads the Gnu Yak Times anyway anymore. They know better.


36 posted on 09/13/2008 6:09:06 PM PDT by Shady (The Fairness Doctrine is ANYTHING but fair!!!!)
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To: Northern Yankee

Sorta like the jilted lover on the rebound ..... any body will do other than Biden ....


37 posted on 09/13/2008 6:10:36 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("I Believe In The Law Until It Interferes With Justice")
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To: Corin Stormhands

When Bob Ehrlich defeated Kathleen KENNEDY Townsend in the Governors race, he started getting rid of the deadwood that had built up in the course of 1 party in control for many years.
The Dems immediately put him under investigation and hounded him with it for his entire term.
Now just what do you suppose Martin O’Malley did when he ousted Ehrlich after 1 term?

This is just like McCain trying to ‘make nice’ with BO.
How come WE all know that it is fruitless, but McCain and Co apparently think it will help or even think the ‘voting public’ will pay any attention?


38 posted on 09/13/2008 6:11:01 PM PDT by xrmusn ( True gun control is hitting what you aim at.)
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To: samkatz
Instead, she huddled with her budget director and her husband, Todd, an oil field worker who is not a state employee,

Of course Hillary never gave Bill advice while in the Oral Office because she wasn't a federal employee or elected official.

What? You mean she did?/s
39 posted on 09/13/2008 6:12:45 PM PDT by RedMonqey
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To: samkatz

If she didn’t I’d lose a lot of respect for her!


40 posted on 09/13/2008 6:12:59 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: donnab

I worked for a mayor of a major city(Dem of course before I gained my sanity). Almost all of the dept heads were from his campaign and totally unqualified. The only ones who werent his friends were “token” minorities he had to go outside his white community for.(of course they were actually very good)

so, I get it, but still don’t like some of this stuff. It may reach a critical mass w/Sarah.


41 posted on 09/13/2008 6:13:08 PM PDT by samkatz
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To: samkatz

The spoils of getting elected.

Remember the Clintons?


42 posted on 09/13/2008 6:13:11 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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To: samkatz; MurryMom; abb
Once Elected, Palin Hired Friends and Lashed Foes

The impeached *Squirt never did this. NEVER! *He only hired enemies. (Is it any wonder why the NY Times is on the Deathwatch List?)

43 posted on 09/13/2008 6:13:37 PM PDT by Libloather (September is Liberal Awareness Month.)
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To: samkatz

But did they fulfill their job description? If so... I don’t see any problems here...


44 posted on 09/13/2008 6:14:15 PM PDT by John123 (Obambi said that he has been in 57 states. I will now light myself on fire...)
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To: samkatz

Flash: Sun Rises in East. Dog Bites Man. Water is Wet.

How many Republicans were in the Clinton Administration? This is news?


45 posted on 09/13/2008 6:15:41 PM PDT by RedElement
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To: samkatz

Should she have hired her enemies and hired her friends?

I would do the same thing. Why would I want people working for me that didn’t have my best interest at heart?


46 posted on 09/13/2008 6:18:55 PM PDT by word_warrior_bob (You can now see my amazing doggie and new puppy on my homepage!! Come say hello to Jake & Sonny)
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To: samkatz

Should she have hired her enemies and fired her friends?

I would do the same thing. Why would I want people working for me that didn’t have my best interest at heart?


47 posted on 09/13/2008 6:19:12 PM PDT by word_warrior_bob (You can now see my amazing doggie and new puppy on my homepage!! Come say hello to Jake & Sonny)
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To: donnab
Every one has something we are not going to understand or like....

One exception...

When it comes to Obama there is NOTHING to like... and needless to say we understand him quite well.

48 posted on 09/13/2008 6:19:31 PM PDT by just me (Looks like the MSM moonbats have been infected with rabies..)
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To: samkatz

And her job approval rating is a mere 86% because of these harsh hiring practices and realities!


49 posted on 09/13/2008 6:23:29 PM PDT by Notasoccermom (.)
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To: RetiredArmy

Bush should have cleaned house when he took office. You have to be able to trust those who represent you as well as the job you are elected to do. Good for Sarah.


50 posted on 09/13/2008 6:23:36 PM PDT by All Blue State
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