Celtic Diva's Blue Oasis: Trooper Union files a complaint against Palin Wednesday

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Trooper Union files a complaint against Palin Wednesday

Union Director John Cyr

Per NBC (hat tip to Daily Kos diaries):
The GOP candidate for vice president, Gov. Sarah Palin, may be facing yet another ethics investigation back in her home state of Alaska. An ethics complaint obtained by NBC News was filed Wednesday by the police officers union in Alaska, requesting a probe into possible wrongdoing by the governor or her office. It was brought on behalf of state trooper Mike Wooten, an ex-brother-in-law of Palin who is at the center of the "Troopergate" scandal.

The complaint alleges that the governor or her staff may have have improperly disclosed information from Wooten's personnel records. The complaint alleges "criminal penalties may apply."

John Cyr, director of the union that filed the complaint, told NBC News, "It seems obvious to us somebody has improperly accessed [Wooten's] personnel file."

HERE is the complaint.

Now let's watch the McCain/Palin tapdance:
The McCain/Palin campaign Thursday launched a spirited defense when contacted by NBC News. They say the personnel files were not protected; a campaign source says Wooten himself had previously signed a waiver allowing a divorce lawyer to obtain his personnel records. The campaign then sent a copy of that waiver to NBC News, which reads "I hereby waive any privilege I may have to said information to said attorneys."

Because of my health issues, I've filled out a ton of freakin' "waivers" in Alaska for personnel (and personal) records. Any legal waiver specifically lists the person or persons they apply to and NO ONE ELSE can use such a waiver to access or use private information if they are not listed.

Sooooo...the divorce attorney cannot allow someone else not listed to access the information on his/her waiver. If they do, they can also be prosecuted.

The issue concerns disclosures about Wooten's records made by a Palin aide - Frank Bailey - in a February 2008 phone conversation. The police officers' union complaint claims the transcript of that conversation clearly indicates there was improper access to Wooten's records.

The McCain/Palin campaign, in a response to NBC News, provided a family twist to the story, saying the governor's husband - Todd Palin - was the source of that information to Bailey. They say the information came from divorce proceedings, and that Gov. Palin never improperly accessed any records.

As is typical of "pageant pit bull" Palin, she just threw a) the divorce attorney and b) her husband under the bus.

Taylor Griffiths, a spokesman for McCain, said "When you're a real reformer like Sarah Palin, who isn't afraid to take on entrenched political interests, scurrilous attacks and empty allegations come with the territory."

What's scary is she's got to be loving how much easier it is to lie and strike-out at your "enemies" when you have an entire presidential campaign to do it for you.

Hope she doesn't get used to it.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Good Grief... validity to this complaint or not, the American people are not going to take the word of someone who tazed his own son and threatened the life of sarah's dad.

it's all for not.

And I say this not as a palinbot, but as a halcrobot.

All for not!

9/04/2008 4:59 PM  
Blogger Steven James Jerardo said...

You left wing hacks need to find something else to blog about. Palin is hot, better looking than Michelle and she is the next VP and next President in 2012.

9/04/2008 5:04 PM  
Blogger CelticDiva said...

Thank you, Steven, for demonstrating the intellect of the average male Palin voter...

...the little head controls the big one.

9/04/2008 5:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not a Palin fan either, but in my mind Wooten was a loose cannon that needed to go.

Good on Sarah, every survivor of domestic violence should be applauding her.

Wooten is not fit to wear the uniform of the Alaska State Troopers.

Why is that so hard to digest ?

9/05/2008 6:38 AM  
Blogger kathy said...

tasing his son and threatening grandpa doesn't sound cool with me either, but there's just so much drama surrounding this family, and so little details about the Gov.'s education and experience, I always wanted Obama to win, but now I am frightened by this woman and McCain's choice based on what appears to be a night out in a club.
(snark). Her rigid, harsh positions and the family problems make them look more and more like Brittany Spears family.

9/05/2008 9:20 AM  

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