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The Washington Independent digs through Wasilla city records and finds the above note from then-Mayor Sarah Palin extolling success in securing federal earmarks (including some that, as the L.A. Times reported today, John McCain specifically singled out for criticism).
On the Troopergate front, Walt Monegan, Alaska's deposed public safety commissioner, shares with the Washington Post some of the emails that Gov. Palin sent him regarding her sister's trooper ex-husband:
"This trooper is still out on the street, in fact he's been promoted," said a Feb. 7, 2007, e-mail sent from Palin's personal Yahoo account and written to give Monegan permission to speak on a violent-crime bill before the state legislature.
"It was a joke, the whole year long 'investigation' of him," the e-mail said. "This is the same trooper who's out there today telling people the new administration is going to destroy the trooper organization, and that he'd 'never work for that b****', Palin'.)"
Asked about the e-mails, Palin's campaign spokeswoman, Maria Comella, said that Palin was merely alerting officials to potential threats to her family and that there is no evidence that Palin ever ordered Wooten to be fired.
"Let's be clear, Governor Palin has done nothing wrong and is an open book in this process. Mr. Monegan even stated himself that no one ever told him to fire anyone, period," Comella said later in a statement. "The Governor was rightly expressing concern about Mr. Wooten."
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