Friday, 8 May 2009
Sarah Palin's knight in shining armour
Eddie Burke; Sarah Palin with Piper
The "charming" radio show host Eddie Burke, darling of Sarah Palin's C4P fanclub and defender of all things Palin, is not such respectable character.
A report from 1994, not available from ADN's online archives, tells us this:
Anchorage Daily News
July 22, 1994
BURKE TO PAY $1,500 FINE IN INCIDENT WITH WAITRESS BUSINESSMAN PLEADS NO CONTEST TO ASSAULT, COMPOUNDING CRIME
Daily News reporter
A tearful, apologetic Eddie Burke pleaded no contest Thursday to misdemeanor charges for grabbing at a waitress’s crotch, then offering to pay her $400 to keep her from reporting him to the police. Burke, owner of a downtown gas station and former Anchorage Assembly candidate, was fined $1,500 for assault and compounding a crime. Prosecutor Susan Wibker said Burke was out carousing that April night, going from strip joint to strip joint in a white limousine with friends. After midnight, Burke stopped by the Peanut Farm, a restaurant and bar on Old Seward Highway.
"He was intoxicated and he was sexed up," Wibker said.
Burke approached a waitress from behind, pinned her against a cash register and stuffed his hands in the front pockets of her apron, groping her between the legs and laughing, Wibker said. Later, he assaulted a bartender, putting him in what Wibker described as a headlock.
Years later, in August 2008, Burke pulled another stunt:
Rep. Charisse Millett received a vile, graphic, sexually charged text from Eddie Burke in the middle of the night. When I say this text was graphic, the word graphic does not describe it well enough. It was a disgusting comment.
A month later, Eddie Burke was back:
Anchorage AM radio host Eddie Burke has been suspended after broadcasting the phone numbers of women involved in organizing a protest rally against Sarah Palin over the weekend, his station manager said today.
Last week Burke, host of a conservative daily talk show, called rally organizers Charla Sterne and Ilona Bessenyey "socialist, baby-killing maggots," read their phone numbers on the air and encouraged listeners to call them. The women said their voice-mail quickly filled with angry, profane messages, some of them threatening.
This week Burke harrassed Republican activist Andree McLeod during a public event in Anchorage, then used the recording in his radio show.
Andree has asked for disclosure of some official state e-mails that were copied to Todd Palin. She filed her request over seven months ago and Sarah Palin's administration have been dragging their feet since then, asking for extensions every time a deadline for releasing the information approaches.
Sarah Palin's knights in shining armour are mounting a campaign to discredit anybody who dares challenge any dodgy actions by the governor.
Let's use Sarah Palin's own logic: is she palling around with a sex offender?
This is the same Eddie Burke who interviewed cute Piper Palin on his program...
Eddie Burke picture: Mudflats