Word is out. Chuck Kopp, the new Commissioner of Public Safety is now the new ex-Commissioner of Public Safety. That was quick.
Yesterday, despite the outing of past allegations of sexual harassment, Kopp said he had absolutely no intention of stepping down, and today a resignation? Methinks there may have been more skeletons knocking on that closet door, or the Governor sharpened up the axe and handed him his head wrapped in a pink slip, with the opportunity to “resign”.
The excuse reason given at the joint press conference today? Play along.
A) “This is too much of a distraction from more important things we need to be focusing on.”
B) “This has been too hard on my family.”
The answer is both, but with a twist.
“The recent media firestorm has been detrimental to the Department of Public Safety mission, the citizens of Alaska and my family,” Kopp said. “While I have been portrayed in a negative light, my personal worth is now in the person of Jesus Christ.”
Ahh. We’ve got a big helping of “Blame the Media” and a dash of Jesus thrown in for good measure. Nice try.
The Governor’s thoughts?
“We’re going to move forward now,” Palin said. “This has been brutal on a good family.” “This has been a tumultuous week in the Department of Public Safety, and as your governor, I apologize.”
Move forward? I’m sure that’s Palin’s firm hope, but there are still investigations to come about why Monegan got fired in the first place. This little diversion was not the main issue. This was just the lesson on fully vetting potential commissioners before you hire them. But, Sarah does win a style point for the apology. More than I can say for Kopp.
Now, the question is…who’s next? Hey, I hear Walt Monegan is looking for a job…