Now, the same woman who stalked Sarah Palin with a million frivolous ethics complaints is filing one against Bailey for using his state time and emails he acquired from Palin for personal gain. However; one investigation that she filed against both him and Governor Palin simultaneously uncovers the following:
"McLeod's extensive ethics complaints included one in 2008 aimed at both Palin and Bailey for using influence to win a state job for a campaign supporter. The investigator concluded Palin didn't do anything wrong but recommended ethics training for Bailey."
Does this mean that Frank Bailey should be writing a book about himself?
Excuse me, how exactly was Palin cleared of anything? In the Wooten trooper investigation, a panel of 8 republicans and 4 democrats unanimously found that Palin "abused her power by violating Alaska statute 39.52.110(a) of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act."
Just because Palin says she was cleared does not mean she was. The woman is a pathological liar.
Other "frivolous" ethics complaints were resolved by Palin agreeing to certain terms, like returning $350,000 donated to her legal fund. Doesn't sound like they were frivolous at all, eh?
But that's ok, just continue supporting Palin and giving her money...she has no intention of running for president and is laughing all the way to the bank. I feel sorry for folks like you.
for the record, the Executive Summary of the Personnel Board report states:
"These findings differ from those of the BrancMower Report because Independent Counsel has concluded the wrong statute was used as a basis for the conclusions contained in the Branchflower Report, the Branchflower Report misconstrued the available evidence and did not consider or obtain all of the material evidence that is required to properly reach findings in this matter." (http://doa.alaska.gov/dop/fileadmin/PersonnelBoardReports/MoneganComplaint.pdf)
Why would that be "good" Kathleen? Is it "good" because it was Sarah Palin?
We all know the Branchflower Report concluded that Palin was "lawful and proper" in the dismissal of Monegan. Palin did not fire him, she asked him to switch positions, he chose to leave state service because he was inadequate in controlling a budget.
Secondly, Trooper Wooten never lost his job.
BUT if this were Rodney King's daughter or son that had been tasered or had it been a liberal's parents he threatened, we'd of course get the same anti-cop rhetoric we usually get from the left.
Lastly, the facts of this article posted are facts. Frank Bailey was found to have some level of unethical behavior. Palin was cleared.
But your stance Kathleen is really most telling as if you're saving up your digs to take down someone who's plowed through every shred of adversity headed toward her.
It says a lot more about you than it ever will about her.
H. Tran, don't forget the almost $10,000 she payed the state in reimbursement for illegally charging the state to reimburse her for her children's travel expenses. Rather than have that issue investigated, Palin settled the issue.
Palin was found guilty of abusing her authority in the Troopergate case. Read the findings. The case blatantly states that she abused her authority. Was she legally allowed to dismiss Monegan? Yes. But her actions in the case were found to be blatantly unethical.
You are quoting the 3 person Personnel Board. Those 3 individuals were appointed by PALIN and all 3 were conservatives, which violates AK law.
The Branchflower investigation was an investigation by the Alaskan legislature and consisted of 8 Repub legislators and 4 Dem legislators. Those 12 people were voted into office by Alaskans. The 3 person personnel panel was comprised of folks appointed by the very person they were investigating. That person was their boss and could fire them without cause.
Finally, one of the criticisms in the Personnel report was that legislature didn't enforce subpoenas when those subpoenaed didn't cooperate. Who didn't cooperate? "Todd Palin, Annette Kreitzer, Michael Nizich, Brad Thompson, Frank Bailey, Randall Ruaro, Ivy Frye, Dianne Kiesel, Kristina Perry, Nikki Neal and Governor's Executive Secretary Janice Mason." Why didn't they cooperate, Jemimy?
The Personnel finding is a ridiculous farce. The Branchflower investigation was done by the state legislature, not Palin's own cronies. And yes, Branchflower is a conservative.
If an investigation of Obama were to proceed in such a manner, you would go with Congress' report, not with a small agency's report. You know you would. Hypocrite.
Yes, H. Tran, let's not forget Palin did pay income taxes on that income as well. I am certain she was ill-intended being that she sold that luxury jet reserved for her. Say, I wonder if any of those Alaska bloggers gave us a tally of the Murkoski travel bill tally?
It does not matter that the Branchflower Report consisted of Republicans. Sarah Palin does not play party games which is why we love her. Yes, she enrages just as many Reps. and she does Dems. An investigation on Obama would never ensue as he would never file one against himself for lying to the American people:
A.) People could keep their health plans if they liked them (not true). B.) He would have the negotiations held on CSPAN. C.) That the stimulus would create or save jobs and keep unemployment below 8% (not true). D.) He bribed Senators to get the votes to pass Obamacare. E.) His cronies at the unions and their Cadillac plans got a pass. F.) Nancy Pelosi's district received 20% of the entire nations waivers from Obamacare after we spent a trillion more American taxpayer dollars convincing Americans that we were to have a fair plan (but for the excused Cadillac plan holders and the businesses in Pelosi's district).
This man has fecklessly spent trillions of dollars, quadrupled the Bush spending (Bush's worst attribute), lied to Americans shamelessly, started a third conflict with Libya, and you CHOOSE to obsess about Palin spending 10K on travel?
I hope you don't have children because if you do, you should wonder what kind of world it is you're leaving for them but contributing to the disease known as liberalism.
Independents and conservatives don't care about your anti-Palin obsession. They WILL vote against Obama in 2012 be it Sarah Palin OR Mickey Mouse.
She was not found guilty of abusing her powers with regard to firing Monegan. The issue was regarding Todd's association with the government office. That was it. Spouses of governors all across this great land participate in state business and if every state had a transparent ethics law making it possible to squander taxpayer dollars on such stupidity, I guarantee that would be the case. In fact, we know in the case of Patty Blagojevich, it certainly was. Yet, because the crimes against the Illinois Democrat are so outrageous in which Rod is being tried for, nobody cared to mention Mrs. Blagojevich's TECHNICALLY unethical involvement in Rod's government business.
Which is why a second INDEPENDENT investigation was done in Troopergate that wiped out the first one.
But the lie perpetuated about it is that she was found guilty of abusing her powers for firing Monegan. That is not true. EVEN the Branchflower report stated it was "lawful and proper" for her to do it.
Just as it was proper for her to deny Bailey promotions or an invite to join her on the VP campaign which is what ultimately disgruntled the man. She couldn't possibly. He was found out on 2 separate ethics violations and now is under investigation for using vague e-mails to paint his own convenient picture.
I watched the series of interviews he gave and I even caught Lawrence O'Donnell rolling his eyes for God sake.
And I didn't bring up the blatant lies of Obama to change the subject. I merely pointed out to you that his lies and screw-ups will affect negatively the lives of every young person you know than anything you can possibly say about Sarah Palin, thus, ultimately pointing out how distasteful and misguided the left is on such matters.
Every decent American ideal is fundamentally rooted in liberalism. Civil rights and universal suffrage and public education and yes social security and medicare. President Obama is and has been a great blessing to the people of America and to the world. He has begun at least to bring dignity and competency back to the presidency. The fact that the financial crisis has not yet been resolved is not a testament to his inabilities but instead a monument to just how terrible the Republican party left our nation's finances. Remember when Bill Clinton left office unemployment was in single digits and the economy in ascendancy
A progressive Democrat both proud and liberal Obama 2012
I clearly stated that she was within her rights to fire Monegan (see further up on this page). However, she was found to have violated ethics laws. Sugarcoat that any way you want to. Fact is fact.
The 2nd investigation was far from independent; in that investigation, she was investigated by 3 people that she appointed, all of whom are conservatives (a violation of state law which has occurred under many Govs, not just Palin). Palin could have fired them at any time. That indicates a massive conflict of interest for all 3 members.
I don't see how one could call a 3 person investigation by one's own staff whom were appointed rather than elected as being independent.
Palin was found to have "knowingly" violated state ethics laws (pg 51 of Branchflower report http://media.adn.com/smedia/2008/10/10/16/Branchflowerreport.source.prod_affiliate.7.pdf).
"Governor Palin knowingly permitted a situation to continue where impermissible pressure was placed on several subordinates in order to advance a personal agenda ...." (pg 66).
Just because some are unclear about the actual reasons for Palin being found guilty of ethics violations doesn't mean YOU can say that she was found innocent of any ethics violations or that her guilt was meaningless. Those ethics laws exist for a reason. They aren't superfluous. And no, the issue wasn't "regarding Todd's association with the government office". The issue was that Palin allowed Todd AND others (including Bailey) to exert undo pressure on Monegan which she was ethically bound BY LAW to control.
Your excuse for changing the subject is more laughable that the fact that you actually changed the subject. You get called out for manipulating facts, change the subject, and then claim to show how "distasteful" it is for "the left" to correct folks like you when you manipulate facts?
Oh, and why was Bailey was found in violation of ethics laws? Oh yea, it was when he was doing Palin's bidding in Troopergate, making phonecalls at Todd Palin's request! Why was Bailey not taken on the VP campaign? Because news of his phonecall reached the media. He followed orders and Palin threw him under the bus.
Finally, regarding this latest "ethics investigation". To my knowledge, there isn't an investigation; their is a complaint. Whether or not this becomes an investigation has yet to be seen. Perhaps it will become an investigation. Perhaps that investigation will lead to Bailey being found guilty of violating ethics laws. If that is the case, then I will condemn Bailey for behaving unethically. Until an investigation is completed, I have nothing to base my opinion on.
"He was found out on 2 separate ethics violations and now is under investigation for using vague e-mails to paint his own convenient picture."
Did you know that Bailey worked WITH the AK Attorney Gen's office to get the ok to publish the emails he published?
From a Washington Post interview: http://live.washingtonpost.com/sarah-palin-book.html
"Most every story about your book mentions that the Alaska Attorney General is investigating your use of Palin's emails in your book. Few if any, however, mention your efforts to work with the AG's office specifically to avoid any illegal use. Could you please describe what steps you took to insure that the emails in your book were used legally and if the current investigation is possibly a politically-motivated "flip-flopping" on the "vetting" you sought from the AG?"
"I did everything that I could to comply with the Attorney General's office as I did in the fall of 2008 when they asked for emails. These are my emails, sent to and from me on my personal accounts.
We detail points in the book specifically where the Attorney General's office wanted specific emails removed."
Ya, the new "investigation" against Bailey is going to be a shocker! Esp since the AG wrote off on the emails in the book before it was published!
First, saying Palin knowingly permitted pressure couples with the fact that Trooper Wooten never lost his job is enough for me to know that Branchflower's Report served the anti-Palin whacks as a lousy cardigan sweater as opposed to the October surprise Hollis French was blathering about leading them to believe she would have been found guilty of abusing her power in firing Monegan which did not happen. But hey, if your quote is the best proof you have that Palin is corrupt, we'll gladly take it and run against the provable lies I mentioned above.
Yes she was cleared on that particular investigation in which Bailey was advised to take ethics training. The article by Sean Cockerham states:
"The investigator concluded Palin didn't do anything wrong but recommended ethics training for Bailey."
What part of "Palin didn't do anything wrong" do you not understand?
Yes Bailey was found guilty of two ethics violations and when confronted about it by Hasselbeck on The View, he acknowledged it.
He says Sarah was this awful person but stuck around for four years, took the money, and now wants to cleanse his soul for a price?
The book debuted at #40 here on Amazon and even after one full day of media coverage, it's already dropped to 46.
That's pretty much all we need to see to prove to you where the American people are on this. If you choose to delude yourself any further, please be my guest.
Right now I am back and enjoying the schadenfreude reading the Huffington Post watching the readers react to the news of the new Palin-movie coming out and debuting in IOWA next month.
Thanks silly one, we couldn't possibly do it without you.
It's obvious Palin supporters such as Stephen will always turn a blind eye to facts that prove them wrong. Every one else: read Bailey's book and decide for yourself whether Sarah and Todd were behind the efforts to try to get Trooper Wooten fired, and when that didn't work, whether they then fired Commissioner Monegan for failing to do their whim.
Bailey uses tons of the Palin's own emails to prove his point. How do you argue with the Palin's own words, Stephen?
The current investigation into Bailey is whether he used official state email for personal gain, in writing this book. However, the emails his book were sent and received from his personal yahoo email account.
It's well known that Palin purposefully conducted much state business on her personal yahoo email account in order to avoid public scrutiny. It's ironic that this tactic has backfired in a major way. Bailey's emails were in his personal email account; therefore he can personally use them in whatever way he sees fit. This "investigation" into him is simply another smear tactic being used by Palin and her supporters to destroy Bailey.
H. Tran, it's possible you're the one with the blind eye. Even the silly one here acknowledged that Palin did not abuse her power in dismissing Monegan. Did you even listen to the entire thing?
Palin wanted to move him to another position because he kept wanting more funding. He got insulted. He left state services on his own
The quote given by the silly one supports what I said, it was a general quote without much specificity but had more to do with Todd using the state's office to put pressure on people. As I said, this was like getting a frowny face on your paper. When it became apparent to the investigators that A.)There were hungry sharks waiting for the official ruling that she was wrong in "firing" Monegan, as everyone was sure she was and B.) They weren't able to prove that.
That one little statement, as I said, served as a lousy cardigan sweater for those waiting for the real "October surprise" to be released.
If that is the best evidence you have to prove corruption, then I am sure you must believe the boogeyman is sleeping under your bed. Either you're that ultra-sensitive OR you are purposely attempting to use legal language to make something out of nothing.
"Decide for yourself whether Sarah and Todd were behind the efforts to try to get Trooper Wooten fired, and when that didn't work, whether they then fired Commissioner Monegan for failing to do their whim."
Having worn out her welcome in her home state of Alaska, Palin has migrated to Arizona. Wonder how many Palin bots here will get thrown under her "champagne" bus? (or was that "campaign"?) Personally, I plan to kick back in a lawn chair and enjoy a bowl of popcorn and an adult beverage. That is how a sensible Progressive deals with "Quittypants" Palin.