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Palin fires back in Troopergate, releases memos showing insubordination
HotAir ^ | 9/16/08 | Ed Morrisey

Posted on 09/16/2008 6:23:26 AM PDT by pissant

Sarah Palin issued a response to the Troopergate investigation yesterday by releasing internal memoranda that show Walt Monegan got fired for insubordination on budget matters and not because of his refusal to fire Palin’s former brother-in-law. Monegan went behind Palin’s back to attempt to revive a project Palin had vetoed, which “stunned” the Office of Management and Budget Director. On another occasion, Monegan held a press conference with Hollis French to dissent from Palin’s budget priorities — the same Hollis French pushing the ethics complaint against Palin:

Walt Monegan lost his job as public safety director because he resisted Gov. Sarah Palin’s budget policies and showed “outright insubordination,” say papers the governor’s lawyer filed Monday with the state Personnel Board.

It was Palin’s strongest effort yet to snuff allegations she sacked Monegan because he refused to fire a state trooper involved in an ugly divorce with the governor’s sister.

Along with the papers filed Monday were a slew of e-mails from the governor’s office purporting to show Monegan’s “rogue mentality” as a member of Palin’s Cabinet.

In one message, the governor’s budget director, Karen Rehfeld, wrote that she was “stunned and amazed” that Monegan appeared to be working with a powerful state legislator, Anchorage Republican Rep. Kevin Meyer, to seek funding for a project Palin previously had vetoed.

According to the papers filed by Palin’s legal team, that was not the only instance of insubordination from Monegan:

* 12/9/07: Monegan holds a press conference with Hollis French to push his own budget plan.

* 1/29/08: Palin’s staffers have to rework their procedures to keep Monegan from bypassing normal channels for budget requests.

* February 2008: Monegan publicly releases a letter he wrote to Palin supporting a project she vetoed.

* June 26, 2008: Monegan bypassed the governor’s office entirely and contacted Alaska’s Congressional delegation to gain funding for a project.

From this presentation, it looks like Monegan had decided from the start to be a loose cannon in the Palin administration. The wonder of this isn’t that he got fired — it’s how he managed to hang onto his job as long as he did. The response calls Monegan’s trip to Washington the “final straw”, and it’s not difficult to see why. Monegan even admitted it in his valedictory e-mail to his colleagues, saying that he “had waited too long outside her door for her to believe that I supported her.” Nor did Monegan file an ethics complaint, as the law would have required him to do, if he felt his termination violated state ethics laws. (Palin filed the complaint herself to argue the case.)

As the filing states, Monegan served as a political appointee, at the pleasure of the Governor. Obviously, Monegan didn’t act to support Palin’s budget initiatives, often acting in opposition to them. In anyone’s administration, that will result in dismissal. Monegan kicked himself out of the job through his own acts.


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; elections; mccainpalin; palin; palinrecord; sarahpalin; troopergate
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Looks like a solid kick in the balls.
1 posted on 09/16/2008 6:24:04 AM PDT by pissant
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To: pissant

Monegan was a wife beater who refused to fire a wife beater.
END OF STORY.


2 posted on 09/16/2008 6:26:06 AM PDT by AmericaUnited
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To: pissant

Game,
Set,
MATCH!


3 posted on 09/16/2008 6:26:35 AM PDT by TitansAFC (In 2008, please vote GOP and show us that you love your country more than you hate John McCain)
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To: pissant

Monegan and French’s balls are too tightly retracted to kick. A technique learned from the Obama campaign staff.


4 posted on 09/16/2008 6:26:52 AM PDT by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: TitansAFC

Unfortunately not. The mainstream media will completely ignore this. They are on a mission to get 0bama into the White House, and they will do so any almost any cost.


5 posted on 09/16/2008 6:27:24 AM PDT by Thane_Banquo (You can put lipstick on a donkey, but it's still just a jackass.)
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To: pissant

Just a small correction. Palin did not fire Monahan.

She told him to resign from the cabinet, and offered him a different job in the administration. He turned it down and quit.


6 posted on 09/16/2008 6:27:44 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: pissant

lol

I’d say.


7 posted on 09/16/2008 6:28:21 AM PDT by snarkytart
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To: pissant
Looks like a solid kick in the balls!

Well, that's purdy graphic! LOL!

8 posted on 09/16/2008 6:28:53 AM PDT by Road Warrior 04 (Kill 'em til they're dead, then kill 'em again!)
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To: pissant

Another non-scandal scandal, but the media will not report the facts. They will keep vaguely referencing this scandal to make it appear there is something ugly here. Then the politically-motivated report will be released just prior to the election making dubious claims and Palin will have no time to respond prior to the election.


9 posted on 09/16/2008 6:29:15 AM PDT by Always Right (Obama: more arrogant than Bill Clinton, more naive than Jimmy Carter, and more liberal than LBJ.)
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To: pissant

He must be a liberal who knows better than the “ignorant moronic American people” like the guy next to me always says, he thinks we are being fooled and are really dumb, if he only knew - LOL


10 posted on 09/16/2008 6:30:02 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: AmericaUnited
Allow me to adjust your comment just a bit:

Monegan was a wife beater who refused to fire a wife beater and child taserer!

11 posted on 09/16/2008 6:30:31 AM PDT by Road Warrior 04 (Kill 'em til they're dead, then kill 'em again!)
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To: pissant

Poor moustacheod good old boy didn’t like being told to tow the line.

Her reformer credentials just went up 1000%.


12 posted on 09/16/2008 6:32:35 AM PDT by Puddleglum
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To: pissant

Well, okay, but, uh, uh ... well, um ... She bought a tanning bed! and, and, she gives her kids funny names!!


13 posted on 09/16/2008 6:34:10 AM PDT by AHerald ("Be faithful to God ... do not bother about the ridicule of the foolish." - St. Pio of Pietrelcina)
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To: TitansAFC

Game, Set, MATCH! is correct. Notice it didn’t take long to release the emails after the lowlife went after Gov Palin for the Dems yesterday. He couldn’t wait to get out there and trash Gov Palin. If I was him, I would change my location as Alaskans are not going to be forgetting anytime soon.


14 posted on 09/16/2008 6:35:16 AM PDT by PhiKapMom ( BOOMER SOONER -- VOTE FOR McCAIN/PALIN2008! LetsGetThisRight.com)
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"12/9/07: Monegan holds a press conference with Hollis French to push his own budget plan."

???? HOLLIS FRENCH? He is the Democrat hack who is (nowadays) an avowed Obama supporter, who is quoted prominently in some of the Obama campaign's Alaska press releases on energy policy, and who is overseeing the current so-called "investigation"......

So Monegan as a key member of Governor Palin's cabinet held a news conference with a prominent member of the OTHER party to advocate a different budget plan than the budget of his own boss the Governor? That's grounds for firing right there - clearly he was not part of the Governor's team he was a mole and a renegade for the opposition. No executive leader anywhere should have to put up with such behavior.

15 posted on 09/16/2008 6:36:04 AM PDT by Enchante (OBAMAGATE: Iraqi Foreign Minister Says Obama Tried to Derail Agreement on Troop Withdrawals!!!)
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To: Bushbacker1

And the press could not find this because of “Why”?


16 posted on 09/16/2008 6:38:03 AM PDT by NoDRodee (U>S>M>C)
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To: Thane_Banquo
The mainstream media will completely ignore this.

Or they will spin it to say that Gov. Palin "can't tolerate dissenting opinions" and "is insulated against any criticism" or, worst of all, "isn't bipartisan" (which of course means not doing what democrats want to do).

17 posted on 09/16/2008 6:38:56 AM PDT by Trailerpark Badass (Happiness is a choice!)
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To: Thane_Banquo
You're probably partially right. The MSM will not champion this news. They will however, have to stop bringing it up every morning. The strangle hold they used to have on news is gone and they can no longer set and maintain a permanent agenda. Their time slot is now limited. They can sit on the truth for awhile but eventually, due to the uncontrollable nature of Internet news, they have to stop pushing their trash or face looking like even bigger fools.
18 posted on 09/16/2008 6:39:14 AM PDT by skimbell
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To: pissant
Looks like a solid kick in the balls.


19 posted on 09/16/2008 6:43:22 AM PDT by Boston Blackie
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To: pissant

Need to keep this bumped...


20 posted on 09/16/2008 6:43:32 AM PDT by DouglasKC
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