Troopergate

If you’re finding out about this on my blog, you’re probably woefully behind the curb, but the majority Republican legislative panel charged with investigating Sarah Palin has found she abused the powers of office.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Sarah Palin unlawfully abused her power as governor by trying to have her former brother-in-law fired as a state trooper, the chief investigator of an Alaska legislative panel concluded Friday. The politically charged inquiry imperiled her reputation as a reformer on John McCain’s Republican ticket.

Investigator Stephen Branchflower, in a report to a bipartisan panel that looked into the matter, found Palin in violation of a state ethics law that prohibits public officials from using their office for personal gain.

The report also notes that Monegan was lawfully fired, even while constituting an ethics violation. As I’m sure is a shocking development for many, Palin has responded by outright lying.

(PITTSBURGH) As she boarded her campaign bus this morning, Sarah Palin denied the conclusion of a state ethics report, which found the Alaska governor abused her power when she pressured subordinates to get a state trooper fired.

Asked by a reporter if she abused her power, Palin shook her head and said, ““No.”

She added, “And if you read the report, you’ll see that there was nothing unlawful or unethical about replacing a cabinet member. You got to read the report, sir.”

Ultimately, I don’t think this revelation will prove very measurably damaging. Support for McCain has probably bottomed out, and those committed to Sarah Palin at this point border on an almost religious zealotry. Perhaps this will help ossify current trends, but it would tough to imagine seeing the Republican ticket get considerably more unpopular.

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