McCain’s First Presidential Decision – “F”

September 2, 2008 at 7:21 pm Leave a comment

 Using public power to sway personal custody battle
After initially denying that her staff had brought pressure to have the trooper, Mike Wooten, who was involved in a child custody dispute with Palin’s sister, dismissed, Palin had to reverse course after an audio recording emergedin which Frank Bailey, the governor’s director of boards and commissions, urged the dismissal of the trooper.

    Palin suspended Bailey, but she also admitted that people close to her, including her chief of staff, the state attorney general, and her husband also contacted Monegan about her sister’s ex-husband.

Denounced by National Organization of Women (NOW)
A statement from the Chair of NOW:

One Heartbeat from the Presidency
McCain: Your campaign against Barack Obama is based on the simple idea that he is unready to be president. So you’ve picked a running mate who a year and a half ago was the mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, a town of about 7,000 people. You’ve selected a potential leader of the free world who knows little or nothing about the major issues of the day beyond energy. Oh, and she’s being probed in her state for abuse of power.  

Who is Sara Palin
Today is John McCain’s 72nd birthday. If elected, he’d be the oldest president ever inaugurated. And after months of slamming Barack Obama for “inexperience,” here’s who John McCain has chosen to be one heartbeat away from the presidency: a right-wing religious conservative with no foreign policy experience, who until recently was mayor of a town of (at most) 9,000 people.

Governor Palin is a staunch anti-choice religious conservative. She’s a global warming denier who shares John McCain’s commitment to Big Oil. And she’s dramatically inexperienced.

Earmarks: Palin’s small town secured big federal funds
As mayor, VP pick obtained millions in funds, a tactic McCain has criticized.

Palin to be Deposed in Probe
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, John McCain’s surprise vice-presidential pick, is the subject of a legislative probe into claims that she abused her office by trying to get her former brother-in-law fired from his job as an Alaska state trooper.

Palin is likely to be deposed soon in the case, according to State Sen. Hollis French, who leads the state Senate’s Legislative Counsel Committee.

French’s committee unanimously authorized an investigation into the dismissal of the state’s public safety commissioner, Walt Monegan, who claims he balked at pressure to remove Trooper Mike Wooten, who had an acrimonious divorce from Palin’s sister.

Palin flipped on Alaska’s ‘Bridge to Nowhere’
Initially welcomed funds in 2006
“I have championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress,” Palin said in her vice presidential campaign debut in Dayton, Ohio. “In fact, I told Congress, I told Congress ‘thanks but no thanks’ on that Bridge to Nowhere.”
“If our state wanted a bridge, I said we’d build it ourselves,” she said.

She didn’t talk that way when she was running for governor. The Anchorage Daily News quoted her on Oct. 22, 2006, as saying yes, she would continue state funding for the bridge because she wanted swift action on infrastructure projects. “The window is now while our congressional delegation [Ted Stevens] is in a strong position to assist,” she said.



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