Wash. Post interviews Public Safety chief fired by Sarah Palin — and it seems Todd Palin was very involved in this process

This is going to get very interesting.

Today’s announcement proved McCain is more interested in the politics of his v.p. pick then the substance — and the dopes in the punditry fell for that. On Olbermann tonight, I saw Howard Fineman from Newsweek call this announcement “fun and makes it interesting” as if it has no real world implications. Fun.

But, Sarah Palin isn’t the squeaky clean figure John McCain said she was. But, then again, McCain isn’t all that pure either. McCain and Palin barely know each other, which leads to the question: How did the vetting process work?

Because on the day of the v.p. roll out, the Washington Post talked to the former Commissioner of Public Safety, Walter Monegan, who was fired by Sarah Palin over what appears to be a messy family issue. Sarah Palin — and her husband, Todd — sound more and more like operatives who worked for Karl Rove:

Monegan, 57, a respected former chief of the Anchorage Police Department, said in an interview with The Washington Post’s James V. Grimaldi on Friday that the governor repeatedly brought up the topic of her ex-brother-in-law, Michael Wooten, after Monegan became the state’s commissioner of public safety in December 2006. Palin’s husband, Todd, met with Monegan and presented a dossier of information about Wooten, who was going through a bitter custody battle with Palin’s sister, Molly. Monegan also said Sarah Palin sent him e-mails on the subject, but Monegan declined to disclose them, saying he planned to give them to a legislative investigator looking into the matter.

Palin initially denied that she or anyone in her administration had ever pressured Monegan to fire the trooper, but this summer acknowledged more than a half a dozen contacts over the matter, including one phone call from a Palin administration official to a state police lieutenant. The call was recorded and was released by Palin’s office this month. Todd Palin told a television reporter in Alaska that he did meet with Monegan, but said he was just “informing” Monegan about the issue, not exerting pressure.

“She never directly asked me to fire him,” Monegan said.

But he said Todd Palin told him Wooten “shouldn’t be a trooper. I’ve tried to explain to him, you can’t head hunt like this. What you need to do is back off, because if the trooper does make a mistake, and it is a terminable offense, it can look like political interference.

How did the vetting process work? Did anyone on McCain’s team talk to Monegan? Or Todd Palin? Seems like Todd Palin would be a good subject for reporters rooting around in Alaska. His name pops up a lot.


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