Violent Men at Center of “Troopergate”

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http://townhall.com/columnists/AmandaCarpenter/2008/09/22/violent_men_at_center_of_troopergate?page=1

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The more we find about “Troopergate” the more justified Sarah Palin seems in firing Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan.

The increased media attention to the controversy has revealed both men at the center of the inquiry have disturbing records of physical abuse against their family members.

Monegan is the man who Democrats believe GOP vice presidential contender Sarah Palin improperly used her political power to fire over his alleged unwillingness to fire Palin’s former brother-in-law, Wooten.

He recently admitted dislocating his wife’s shoulder “by accident” by “wrestling and tickling” her according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

His estranged wife Georgene Moldovan, however, tells it a little differently.

Thomas Van Flein, Palin’s legal counsel, submitted a report to investigators last week that said Monegan was eventually fired for “outright insubordination.”

Flein cited evidence showing Monegan defied the Governor by making public requests for projects Palin did not support in her budget, such as an $1.8 million increase for the Anchorage Community Land Trust (a project Palin had previously vetoed) and by planning an unauthorized trip to Washington to lobby the Alaskan delegation for more money. Monegan wanted Washington to give him between $10 million and $20 million to rehire retired troopers to specialize in sexual assault cases. The Palin administration maintained Monegan needed to fill his 56 general enforcement vacancies that already had an existing funding stream before hiring specialized enforcement staff outside the budget.

Flein also included an avalanche of 2008 emails from Palin’s staff that discussed Monegan’s, a political appointee who served at the Governor’s pleasure, disruptive agenda in his report.

None of the emails mentioned Wooten.

See also:

http://84rules.wordpress.com/2008/09/23/troopergate-meet-the-man-in-the-middle/

http://leftwingescapee.blogspot.com/2008/09/san-francisco-chronicle-walt-monegan.html

Rachel Maddow


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