Tuesday, 21 July 2009
$he's back with a vengeance!
Our $arah is back, via Quitterberry. Seven rapid fire twits, then one linking to a press release, followed by another four twits, making it a total of twelve twits in four hours.
The first eight are the interesting ones:
In violation of Ethics Act more allegations were filed today by serial complainer;gave to press be4 we could respond;ridiculous, wasteful...
Some ask why not sue abusers of Ethics Act bc state wastes 1000's hrs/millions of tax dollars to fight (and win!) frivolous charges, tho....
it costs political critics NOTHING to file/play their wasteful game;They should debate policy in political arena,not hide w/process abuse...
BUT if there was a suit to end public waste of time/funds to constantly address false allegations I could see perhaps a veteran filing it...
someone who's put their life on the line protecting even opponents' right to speak & protest, was willing to die for freedom of press but...
knows it's shameful 4 valuable time& public resources to be diverted frm needed causes to deal w/this abuse of govt accountability system...
Hopefully these political critics filing this stuff (& some in press perpetuating it) appreciate the freedom to do so, protected by our vets
Re more frivolous ethics allegations today; shame good law is being abused for politicking. See http://tinyurl.com/mrtwcv
The press release:
FOR RELEASE: JULY 20, 2009 Another Ethics Complaint Filed Against the Governor July 20, 2009, Anchorage, Alaska – Once again, an ethics complaint has been filed and publicly released in violation of state law. This is the sixth complaint filed by Ms. McLeod. In addition, she has filed a lawsuit against the Governor's office and multiple public records act requests. All of her prior complaints that have been ruled on have been dismissed. The Ethics Act serves important state interests in ensuring ethical state government and was intended to prevent the various forms of corrupt misconduct that had plagued the Legislature in prior years and which resulted in the prosecution of legislators and others. It is unfortunate that the law has been abused and trivialized in the current manner.
Today’s complaint, filed just six days before the Governor leaves office, alleges that Governor Palin violated the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act by failing to submit complete gift disclosure forms in a timely manner, and obtained “free” services. The apparent primary goal of this complaint has been achieved, namely, an effort to keep the complainant’s name in the paper. We anticipate another dismissal of this complaint as with the complainant’s other complaints. This is the fourth ethics complaint filed against the Governor since the announcement of her resignation on July 3. In every case, the complainers violated the confidentiality provision of the Ethics Act in making their complaints public knowledge.
THOMAS VAN FLEIN—Personal Attorney for Governor Palin
Message to Mr Van Flein:
Confidentiality doesn't apply to complaints about the Executive Branch, only to the Legislative Branch. Perhaps you should read the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act that you quoted?
Back to $arah: she said in a previous twit, about 24 hours ago:
Avoid time spent tearing down, whining, complaining
Who's tearing down, whining and complaining?
$arah Palin and Andree McLeod:
Between 2002 and 2005, Sarah was a great fan of Andree, a republican political watchdog. Some snippets of e-mails Sarah sent to Andree during that period: "That was a great letter to the ed. this week Andree. I haven't had time to call but wanted to tell you it was, again, insightful & educational & good writing."; "Ugh! I know you must get so frustrated because you’re all about accountability! Thanks for working to instill public trust in all this Andree!"; " I'm proud to know you!!!". There were many more, all very friendly. In 2008 Andree requested copies of e-mails from the Governor's private e-mail accounts used for state communications to clarify some ethics issues. Sarah Palin now: "This is the same Andree McLeod that follows us around at public events and camps herself out in our waiting area and hounds us for a job..." referring to Andree as the "falafel lady".