Sunday, 26 April 2009
Sarah Palin, the First Dude and webpages
I visited the governor's pages on the official websites of all female governors to see how many of them had a First Gentleman page and what they contained.
Jan Brewer, Arizona - No First Gentleman page
Linda Lingle, Hawaii - No First Gentleman
Jodi Rell, Connecticut - No Fisrt Gentleman page
Jennifer Granholm, Michigan - First Gentleman page, no commercial links
Bev Purdue, North Carolina - First Gentleman page, no commercial links
Chris Gregoire, Washington - First Gentleman page, no commercial links
Kathleen Sebelius, Kansas - No mention of First Gentleman
Sarah Palin, Alaska - First Dude page with link leading to commercial sponsors
I also checked a few random male governors. Some have First Lady pages, but none have commercial links in them.
I noticed that the spouses who have separate pages are involved in some cause, advocating better reading, visiting war veterans, better education, healthcare for children, mentoring, etc. They tend to be involved in some sort of community organizing. Otherwise spouses only get a mention in the governor's bio, if at all.
The wife of the governor of Indiana sells a cookbook online for $10 and all proceeds go towards the maintenance and preservation of the Governor's Residence.
Todd Palin is not the only First Gentleman involved in sports and outdoor pursuits, but his page is the only one with a link leading to his commercial sponsors.
I couldn't find any forms detailing First Family invitations to events, but I didn't check all 50 states websites...
Another thing I couldn't find in other websites were press releases belittling the citizens of the state or encouraging a backlash against dissenters, responding to events in snarky tones, nor did I find any press releases about First Family little scandals. No press releases from other governors were whiny, defensive, accusatory or attempted to blame others.
It's a question of style, I suppose...
Picture from Governor's website, which also appeared on other websites and newspapers.
Recall Sarah Palin