The state Senate Judiciary Committee voted 3-2 today to subpoena 13 people — including the husband of Gov. Sarah Palin — in an investigation of whether Palin abused her power in trying to get her former brother-in-law fired.
Special investigator Stephen Branchflower said that Todd Palin is “such a central figure” in the investigation that he should be issued a subpoena.
A total of 13 subpoenas were issued authorized and also the cell phone records of Frank “the Pressurizer” Bailey whose taped phone call to the Troopers ramped up “Troopergate” to a new level.
Sarah Palin will not be subpoenaed, but Branchflower has said that he wants to interview her.
This is getting really really interesting….. More details as they become available.
Here are the other individuals who were authorized to receive a subpoena:
Frank Bailey – Director of Boards & Commissions. His call to troopers pressuring about Wooten was taped.
Diane Kiesel – Palin’s Personnel Director
Annette Kreitzer – Administration Commissioner
Nicki Neal – State Personnel & Labor Relations Director
Brad Thompson – State Risk Management Director
Mike Nizich – Former Deputy Chief of Staff, now Chief of Staff as of 8/28/08
Don Bitney – You tell me…. Could this be John Bitney, Palin aide that got sacked for having an affair with Palin’s married friend?
Ivy Frye – Special assistant to Sarah Palin
Kris Perry – Palin confidante who managed her gubernatorial campaign and now manages the Anchorage office
Janice Mason – Palin’s scheduler
Todd Palin – First dude, and private citizen
Randy Ruaro – Former special assistant to the governor, now Deputy Chief of Staff, promoted 9/1/08
Murlene Wilkes – Insurance adjuster handling a worker’s comp claim filed by Trooper Mike Wooten.
***Mike Tibbles, former Palin Chief of Staff was NOT subpoenaed despite the urging of Branchflower to authorize it.
State Senate President Lyda Green now must authorize them before they are issued. Yes, she’s the one that was mocked and derided on a local radio show while Palin giggled.