The governor lost no time today. Mere hours after announcing that she had launched her own preemptive investigation of her own firing of Department of Public Safety Chief Walt Monegan, she also announced that she has discovered something! Eureka!
It seems that despite the fact that Palin repeatedly claimed no one on her staff ever ever pressured anyone to fire her ex-brother-in-law Trooper Mike Wooten…er….they did. Dozens of times. As a matter of fact, (oh gosh this is SO embarrassing) one of the phone calls was tape recorded by the the DPS! BUT, the governor tells us with a straight face, that she knew absolutely nothing at all about it. Nothing. Really. Although she did know something about some of the other ones, which she forgot she did before, but now she remembers. But not THIS one that was recorded.
The phone call “Pressurizer”, long term Palin staffer Frank Bailey, has even come out with a statement that says he acted alone. He decided to pressurize all by himself. He’s a lone wolf. No direction from the governor. None. Completely spontaneous. AND, he “can’t stress it enough.” Wow. So he reeeeally must be telling the truth.
I don’t know whether Palin really thinks we are all that stupid, or whether her options are just running out. I suppose the administration is thinking that it looks better to turn over the damning evidence themselves. That sort of looks honest, right?
ADN’s Kyle Hopkins’ notes from today’s press conference: (emphasis is mine)
— Palin and Attorney General Talis Colberg say there were at least two dozen phone calls from members of Palin’s staff asking about Wooten.
— Colberg said he had a conversation with Monegan about Wooten.
— One of the calls came from Palin’s husband, Todd Palin.
— Many came from Palin’s former Chief of Staff, Mike Tibbles.
— Palin says she didn’t know about Bailey’s phone calls, but did know about at least some of the other calls.
— Just after the press conference, Palin’s team was to meet with the independent investigator hired by the Legislature to look into Monegan’s firing.
— Palin said Monegan’s firing wasn’t about Wooten, who kept his job even as members of the governor’s staff kept asking about him. She says Monegan wasn’t “a team player” when it came to the budget, asked for more money while failing to fill vacant job positions, and wasn’t doing a good enough job combating alcohol issues such as rural bootlegging.
— Monegan turned down the governor’s offer to head up the Alcoholic Beverages Control Board.
— Monegan’s replacement, Chuck Kopp, was paid a “severance package” of $10,000, after quickly resigning.
— Palin said no decision has been made yet about what happens to Bailey.
So, we’ve gone from firm statements that nobody from the administration ever talked to Monegan about Wooten, to dozens of calls? It’s amazing how recording devices and investigations can trigger the memory.
And she fired Walt Monegan in part because of his inadequacy in combatting alcohol issues, and then in the same breath offered him the head position of the Alcoholic Beverages Control Board?
And the other reason is because he wasn’t filling empty trooper positions, and also because he had the nerve to ask for money to do it?
Have we entered the Bush/Cheney Whitehouse at some point? Black is white, and white is black. 2+2=5. And it’s all lies, I tell you, LIES!