In her conversation with reporters, Palin also defended her husband’s decision to testify in the investigation into her firing of the Alaska director of public safety, who had refused to fire her former brother-in-law as a state trooper.
“Nobody has anything to hide,” she said. “Nobody’s done anything wrong.”
The governor, in an attempt to change the storyline, referred to the incident Tuesday as “Tasergate” — regarding allegations that her former brother-in-law tasered his 11-year-old stepson — as opposed to better-known moniker, “Troopergate.” The Palins have said their inquiries were warranted because the trooper, Mike Wooten, had been suspended for misconduct.
Governor, cut out the middlemen and you’ll get the ideas faster!
P.S. There are those who find the “Tasergate” term Orwellian, because this is supposedly an abuse of power scandal, and the tasering doesn’t justify an abuse of power. If I really thought we had an abuse of power, I’d find that a compelling argument, as the ends generally don’t justify the means. But I don’t see it that way. I see no credible evidence Palin did anything wrong. I see this whole thing as a political witchhunt.
In that context, I’m pleased to have given Gov. Palin some political ammunition. I think it’s fair game to point out that Trooper Wooten is a menace. He exposed the state of Alaska to potential liability every day that he remained a peace officer. Gov. Palin doesn’t appear to have contacted Monegan about Wooten, but given the tasering, you can certainly see why some people surrounding her might have done so.