Skip to comments.Palin fires back in Troopergate, releases memos showing insubordination
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 Palins former brother-in-law. Monegan went behind Palins 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 Palins 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 Palins budget policies and showed outright insubordination, say papers the governors lawyer filed Monday with the state Personnel Board.
It was Palins strongest effort yet to snuff allegations she sacked Monegan because he refused to fire a state trooper involved in an ugly divorce with the governors sister.
Along with the papers filed Monday were a slew of e-mails from the governors office purporting to show Monegans rogue mentality as a member of Palins Cabinet.
In one message, the governors 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 Palins 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: Palins 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 governors office entirely and contacted Alaskas 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 isnt that he got fired its how he managed to hang onto his job as long as he did. The response calls Monegans trip to Washington the final straw, and its 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 didnt act to support Palins budget initiatives, often acting in opposition to them. In anyones administration, that will result in dismissal. Monegan kicked himself out of the job through his own acts.
Monegan was a wife beater who refused to fire a wife beater.
END OF STORY.
Monegan and French’s balls are too tightly retracted to kick. A technique learned from the Obama campaign staff.
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.
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.
Well, that's purdy graphic! LOL!
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.
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
Monegan was a wife beater who refused to fire a wife beater and child taserer!
Poor moustacheod good old boy didn’t like being told to tow the line.
Her reformer credentials just went up 1000%.
Well, okay, but, uh, uh ... well, um ... She bought a tanning bed! and, and, she gives her kids funny names!!
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.
???? 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.
And the press could not find this because of “Why”?
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).
Need to keep this bumped...
The msm will not give up it’s fiction. They’re determined to channel Dan Rather to the bitter end.
And a punch in the face to boot.
THis is the sort of thing WE should copy and paste into emails . . . to all of the newspapers in battleground states, big and small.
Let’s do like Iraq, the American people own the oil and we all get a cut, I’m just saying ..... /sarc
dang, wrong thread
That’s non-helpful slander of Monegan. Best if you either backed it up, or marked it as an unfounded opinion.
Looks to me like Governor Palin took firm control of the reigns as Governor, WITHOUT being meanspirited and vindictive.
A mayor, a governor, a president, ALL have the right to pick who will work for them and further their agenda.
Governor Palin gave Monegan EVERY chance to come around and support what she wanted to do. He refused and fought her. She had the right to fire him outright. Instead, she offered him a job doing something else, rather than the embarrasment of just firing him after a long stint with the Department of Public Safety.
Sarah Palin already knows the lessons that George Bush didn’t learn - Install people loyal to your agenda, get rid of those who aren’t.
My prediction is that with these revelations, the MSM will not talk about this anymore, UNLESS, they can convince someone to come up with a monstrous lie and blatantly try to take Palin down on this issue. I don’t think there is enough “there” there to make this work for them.
Why am I not surprised at CNN’s interpretation of today’s “Troopergate” developments?: “Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will not cooperate with a legislative investigation into the firing of her public safety commissioner, the McCain-Palin presidential campaign announced Monday, accusing supporters of rival Barack Obama of manipulating the inquiry for political motivations. Obama’s campaign described the charge as ‘complete paranoia.’”
The Media is afraid of a Strong Woman.
interesting oil is below 98 (every penny cut is a billion dollar tax cut) but nooooooooooooooooooo CNN has to cover this non scandal
“Install people loyal to your agenda, get rid of those who arent.”
I agree with that! However, the media is already spinning that as her “hiring her friends”. Of course, they’re completely ignoring the fact that Alaska is all about “small town politics” and that when you have people who are loyal to you and are supportive of you, they’re going to naturally BE YOUR FRIENDS. Like Democrats are known for hiring their political enemies??????
. . . But nothing on CNN’s front page about Obama’s misadventures in Iraq, even though both campaigns have issued strong statements.
Team McCain-Palin is crazy like a fox. I like how they sat on the e-mails waiting for just the right time to release them. Monegan speaking to the drive-bys last night was exactly the right time.
Has anyone investigated the relationship between Branchflowers wife and Walt Monegan a little deeper?
The questions I have is what role did Monegan play in the investigation of Linda Branchflowers questionable shooting of a man while working for the Anchorage Police Department (APD)?
Why did the Alaska State Troopers hire a retired Anchorage Police Detective (Branchflower) for a cold case detective when outside hires by the Alaska State Troopers are almost none existent? Two that were hired were APD detective under Monegan.
These are questions I would like answered before I could be sure of Stephen Branchflower’s impartiality
I agree 100%! I thought that was hilarious how Monegan came out speaking to the media and next thing out was the emails!
Crazy like a fox is right! :)
So NBC is now fighting for the future of domestic violence. It doesn't any more bizarre than this.
I’m told he hates being called “Gunny” French.
This gets better and better! How radical would it be to have an admn. in DC that fires people for not doing their jobs and attempting to undercut their elected boss.
I hope the Rats keep pushing this garbage. Somehow I don't think firing a guy who defends an employee that tasered a 10 yoa step son and threatened to kill people is going to get a lot of sympathy.
He went on Rachel Madow’s show last night on PMSNBC and dissed Palin. He also lied about Palin firing him. She didn’t. He resigned when she offered him another job.
Here’s the video: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/26728409#26728409
Thanks for the link! Media is going to end up with egg on their face again.
He’s an idiot. When trying to keep clean and honest and do good work it is easy to defend one’s position as she just did. He and that weasel Kevin Meyer are toast.
So you "authoritatively" state that it is slander, without providing any evidense, and then you have the gall to lecture me on needing to back up my statement with evidence...
Today, evidence was revealed that clearly demonstrates Governor Palins decision to replace the Department of Public Safety (DPS) Commissioner Walter Monegan was based entirely on his repeated refusal to execute her administrations policy on fiscal and budget matters.
After months of swirling rumors and partisan politics, this evidence confirms what the Palin Administration has stated from Day One: the decision to replace Walt Monegan had nothing to do with concerns about the continued employment of state trooper Mike Wooten.
Government emails made public today show a pattern, from late 2007 through the middle of 2008, of Mr. Monegans refusal to comply with Administration policy. Despite repeated calls for budget discipline in the major state agencies, Mr. Monegan continued to press his own agenda without regard for either the formal budgeting process or the Governors clear policy priorities. Government staffers responsible for budget issues, and who had nothing to do with Mike Wooten, prevailed upon the governor to have Monegan replaced with someone who would not undermine the Palin administrations budget goals.
As detailed below, insubordination and disputes over budget priorities not Michael Wootens continued employment led to Walt Monegans dismissal.
Mr. Monegans refusal to pursue Governor Palins policy objectives in the Department of Public Safety surfaced as early as October 2007, when DPS was involved in formulating a 10-year strategic plan. That planning process was intended to be closely integrated with other statewide planning and budgeting processes coordinated by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). From the beginning, however, Mr. Monegan made clear that [r]ather than plan to a budget, we want to budget to a plan.
Mr. Monegan seemed to acknowledge that his approach was at odds with the Governors budget priorities and protocol, but he continued to move forward with his efforts. In response, OMB Director Karen Rehfeld made very clear that the Governor does not want to increase the budget/position count this is going to be a real balancing act. Governor Palin viewed filling the existing vacancies in the Alaska State Troopers a higher priority than increasing the position count to create more vacancies. But Mr. Monegan refused to follow through.
And, with that, the stage was set for an internal disagreement over budget priorities that would escalate throughout the next eight months.
By early January 2008, Mr. Monegans vision for expanding the DPS and its operating budget came into more direct conflict with that of the Administration.
Increasingly dissatisfied with the Administrations budget priorities and the formal interdepartmental budgeting process, Mr. Monegan struck out on his own. On January 29, 2008, Randy Ruaro, then-special assistant to the Governor, reported to Ms. Rehfeld that Mr. Monegan was circumventing the normal interdepartmental channels for making budget requests. Ms. Rehfeld instructed Mr. Monegan to submit formal estimates to OMB.
Sensing that his actions were at odds with Administration objectives, Mr. Monegan asked Ms. Rehfeld if he or DPS was causing concern to members of the Governors office.
Rehfeld responded, yes, and pointedly asked: What can we reasonably do to tackle some of these very difficult issues and still maintain the budget discipline the governor is committed to?
Mr. Monegan instead struck out on his own. Despite the Administrations repeated calls for budget discipline in the major state agencies, Mr. Monegan continued to press his own expansive agenda without regard for either the formal budgeting process or the Governors clear policy priorities. In February 2008, for example, Mr. Monegan publicly released a letter to the Governor supporting a $1.8 million increase in the state budget for the Anchorage Community Land Trust, a line item the Governor previously had vetoed an act of public rebuke that is almost unbelievable coming from a political appointee.
Ms. Rehfeld subsequently admonished Monegan for sending the letter, explaining that this type of public statement by a sitting cabinet member would likely frustrate the Administrations efforts to achieve its budget objectives with the Legislature. As Ms. Rehfeld explained: I expect we will see your letter appear as justification for funding to be included in the capital budget as the legislature makes changes to our budget, which is a bit awkward. Bottom line is, lets talk about this rather than writing letters to the governor.
Nevertheless problems continued; in March 2008, Mr. Ruaro complained to Ms. Rehfeld that the Department of Public Safety refused to work out disputes internally before going public: I have spoken to Walt, [DPS Deputy Commissioner] John Glass, and Audie [Holloway] about working through issues internally first several times. Mike Nizich has spoken with them, and COS [Tibbles] has spoken directly with . . . Commissioner [Monegan]. They seem to just not want to accept that concept. In other emails, Mr. Ruaro complains that Monegan acting unilaterally had been the problem for the last 6 months and that I have told them 4-5 times to work with OMB first. Mike [Nizich] talked to them as well.
In June 2008, Mr. Ruaro reported that Mr. Monegan wanted to make a trip to Washington, D.C. to lobby the Alaska Congressional Delegation for funding for a new statewide sexual assault initiative run by his Department of Public Safety at an estimated cost of $10 million to $20 million dollars per yeareven though it would only handle about thirty cases. Governor Palin, while supportive of the policy objectives, had previously made clear that she did not wish this proposal to move forward until DPS provided a detailed plan for the programs costs and funding streams.
Problems with Mr. Monegans planned trip to DC continued to arise. First, Mr. Monegan had still not received OMBs approval to pursue his plan. Second, Governor Palins office in Washington, D.C. was concerned about the lack of internal agreement over Mr. Monegans proposal. By July 2008, these twin problems had become synonymous with Mr. Monegans work at the Department. Yet Mr. Monegan persisted in planning to make the unauthorized lobbying trip to D.C. as late as July 7, 2008, and it was this which proved to be the last straw.
On July 11, 2008, following eight months of insubordination on the budget issue and hard on the heels of his planned unauthorized trip to Washington, Mr. Monegan was terminated.
At the end of the day, even Mr. Monegan himself recognized that his rogue mentality ultimately prevented him from fully integrating into the Governors cabinet. In a farewell email following his dismissal, Monegan encouraged his colleagues to pursue more productive behaviors in their continued service of Alaska and the Governor: All relationships are based upon communications; I have known and said this for years, yet I stood back because I hadnt wanted to add to her concerns. For anyone to lead effectively they must have the support of their team, and I had waited too long outside her door for her to believe that I supported her. Please, choose a different path.
As a political appointee, Mr. Monegan served at the pleasure of the Governor and was duty-bound to execute the Governors policy objectives. After eight months of repeatedly ignoring the Governors budget priorities, making public statements that directly challenged the Governors policy agenda and taking numerous unilateral actions in conflict with the Governor in support of his own policy agenda, his replacement in July 2008 should have come as no surprise and cannot now seriously be questioned.
“This guy has got some dirt on him too. His ex says he threatened her life with a gun, and he dislocated her shoulder. He admits to it, but said it was while playing, just like the trooper Whooten was just playing when he taser his 10 year old.”
Snarky, can you provide a link for your post above. I’m sure you didn’t just make it up but others are getting gas over it.
Sarah is a reformer who is telling everybody that she vetoed unnecessary spending. It appears that this guy was one of the obstacles that was trying to keep the status quo. She had him resign. At the end of the day this story will be a positive for Sarah as it will show just how much opposition she had to deal with to keep the budget small. Another media effort blows up in their face. Sarah showed her character by not releasing these memos to try to protect this guy from the embarassment of having the whole nation see what he did. He can thank the Democrats for the truth coming out.
To make a bold statement that someone is a wife-beater is slander, unless you note that your statement is your own judgment informed by such-and-such, and the level of that such-and-such should be more than a rumor, more than a bad word during a contested legal proceeding. Thanks for asking snarytart to give some supporting evidence.