Veep pick Sarah Palin has recently hired an attorney to defend her in the growing investigation of the dismissal of Public Safety Commisioner Walter Monegan. It seems Monegan refused to fire Palin’s brother-in-law, an Alaskan State Trooper.
The first serious scandal in Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s administration has roots in a family feud. It erupted into public view with the July 11 firing of the state’s top public safety official.
The Legislature is spending up to $100,000 “to investigate the circumstances and events surrounding the termination of former Public Safety Commissioner Monegan, and potential abuses of power and/or improper actions by members of the executive branch.”
The investigation is expected to take months.
At issue is whether Palin, her administration or family improperly pressured Monegan to fire Alaska State Trooper Michael Wooten, the ex-husband of Palin’s sister, and whether Palin fired Monegan when that didn’t happen. Palin’s sister, Molly McCann, and Wooten are divorced but still battling in court over custody and visitation.