More emails from Sarah Palin’s time as Governor of Alaska have been released to the media, these from the end of her term. What they reveal is a leader under siege by the media, and frustrated with an endless stream of politically-motivated ethics charges:
The 34,820 pages of emails and documents, obtained by the wire service, paint a picture of a frustrated Palin who was besieged by the intense scrutiny following her unsuccessful vice-presidential bid.
Returning to Alaska after the 2008 election, Palin found herself harried by an ethics investigation and growing legal bills.
In March, she said that she had been dragged into “many frivolous suits and charges since the DAY I became VP candidate… I can’t afford this job.”
That same month, Palin expressed dismay that more than 150 freedom of information requests had been filed with the state, costing Alaska more than $1 million. “[W]ho knows what all the bogus ethics charges have cost the state,” she added.
But she was also furious at having to pay for her own legal defense.
“We’ve all had to pay for our OWN legal defense in this political bloodsport — it’s horrendous — why do you think Todd is on the slope today?” Palin wrote, according to the AP. “I am paying to defend in my capacity as GOVERNOR — actions taken in my official position. This is unheard of anywhere else.”
It does seem odd that a public official, defending their actions as a public official, would have to pay their own legal fees. And certainly an objective review of the situation makes it clear that these complaints were politically motivated, and calculated to drive Palin from office with the burden of fighting them legally. Not a single one of the ethics complaints ever stuck to Palin, and when she resigned they stop.
Mission accomplished for the liberals. And what’s disgusting is how the media gleefully went along for the ride.
Ethics laws, and transparency laws, are important. But when they’re abused for political gain they hurt us all.