The Alaska Legislature released a report on October 10 concluding that Sarah Palin abused the powers of her office by repeatedly trying to get her former brother-in-law Michael Wooten, a state trooper, fired. Palin also dismissed public safety commissioner Walt Monegan, Wooten's boss.
Following several disciplinary complaints against him, Trooper Wooten was suspended for five days. He was also involved in a bitter divorce from Palin's sister, Molly McCann. The report found that Palin, her husband Todd and their operatives pressed for harsher punishment. Monegan told them that he went as far as he could according to the law and civil service rules.
Monegan stated that he believes that he was fired due to his resistance to the Palins' pressure on him to fire Wooten.
The bipartisan report stated, "Such impermissible and repeated contacts create conflicts of interests for subordinate employees who must choose to either please a superior or run the risk of facing that superior’s displeasure and the possible consequences of that displeasure.”
So here we have Palin the "maverick," the reformer, abusing the powers of her office. But never mind. She's part of the doggone team that's ready to change the way things are done in Washington and take on corruption, right? You betcha.