The story goes that if you put a frog in a pot, and turn up the heat slowly enough, the frog will not realize it’s being cooked until it’s too late. But if you turn up the heat suddenly, it will spring to its senses and leap out of the pot, thus saving its life. I give you, Alaska State Attorney General Talis Colberg.
Talis Colberg, the erstwhile Mat-Su Valley lawyer specializing in worker’s compensation claims, found himself hitched to Sarah Palin’s rising star. When she was tapped to be McCain’s running mate, his reaction was “Wow. I work for her.” >>>>HOCKEY BUZZER<<<<< Actually, the Attorney General is supposed to be working for the people of Alaska. To help our Governor and our AG remember this, a grass roots group spontaneously emerged, calling themselves Alaskans for Truth.
This group, organized a rally in part to demand the resignation of Talis Colberg for telling state employees that they didn’t need to comply with legislative subpoenas issued as part of the ethics investigation that has become known as “Troopergate.” This smacked a little too much of Alberto Gonzales and Harriet Meiers for many Alaskans, and 2000 signatures were toted down to the Governor’s Anchorage office and presented to Palin spokesman Bill McAllister, (when Lt. Governor Sean Parnell chose to remain in the comfort and safety of his office).
The rally and the petition drop-off were covered quite well by our local news media, and thanks to this and the efforts of several determined and ticked-off bloggers, it got some national play as well. Multiple complaints have been filed against Colberg to the Alaska Bar, and despite a lawsuit claiming the subpoenas are illegitimate, a judge’s ruling this week said, basically, “I don’t think so.” An emergency appeal was filed with the Alaska Supreme Court which will be heard this coming Wednesday.
So there’s the set up for you. Talis Colberg = frog. Pot of water = Blissfully lounging in Palinworld and feeling all invincible. Flame turned suddenly up to the highest setting = Alaskans for Truth + media + the law.
It seems as though the old adage has worked, because Colberg has suddenly launched himself out of the pot, and landed squarely on his soggy rump. Seems like those seven state employees who were told by Colberg that showing up was optional, have had a change of heart.
All seven employees have decided, in light of Superior Court Judge Peter Michalski’s decision, to cooperate with the legislative investigation, according to a statement today from Colberg’s office.
“Despite my initial concerns about the subpoenas, we respect the court’s decision to defer to the Legislature,” Colberg said. “We are working with Senator Hollis French to arrange for the testimony of the seven state employee plaintiffs.”
How about that… Can a frog tuck its tail between its legs?
Meanwhile, Alaska First Dude Todd Palin is now back in Alaska. He has agreed to testify to the other investigation into Troopergate by the State Personnel board. Palin initiated this investigation of herself, claiming that the legitimate investigation which came about through unanimous, bipartisan approval had become “political” once she joined the McCain ticket. Will the Supreme Court ruling have any affect on whether Todd has a change of heart and testifies to the Legislative Council? And how much will this delay the report? Further developments are anyone’s guess.