State Employees Won't Testify in Palin Investigation

I'm starting to wonder what Sarah Palin's life as governor will be like if the Republican ticket loses in November. I understand that the legislature's ...
by | September 16, 2008

I'm starting to wonder what Sarah Palin's life as governor will be like if the Republican ticket loses in November. I understand that the legislature's Troopergate investigation is breaking apart along predictable partisan lines. But openly snubbing an investigation that was created by a unanimous, bipartisan vote might take the shine off the governor's reformist credentials back home.

I'm also curious how her new celebrity will play back home. Yesterday saw a big "anti-Palin" rally in Anchorage. I'm sure there'll be a lot of pride generated by her putting Alaska on the national political map. But I've often gone into states and heard complaints about the leading politician, that he or sometimes she harbors national ambitions and therefore all their state decisions get seen in that light.

People in New Mexico used to talk a lot about Bill Richardson this way, for example. It wasn't a positive.

Anyway, here's the latest on the stonewalling front, from AP:

JUNEAU, Alaska - Alaska's attorney general says state employees subpoenaed in the investigation of Gov. Sarah Palin will not testify.

In a letter to the Democratic state senator overseeing the investigation, Attorney General Talis Colberg asks that the subpoenas be withdrawn. He also says the employees will not appear before the investigator unless either the full state Senate or the entire Alaska Legislature votes to compel their testimony.

Last week, a committee of lawmakers issued subpoenas for 13 people, including Todd Palin, the governor's husband, in the investigation of whether the governor fired her public safety chief for refusing to dismiss her former brother-in-law, an Alaska State Trooper.

All those summoned are state employees, except Todd Palin.

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