Laura Chase, the campaign manager during Ms. Palin’s first run for mayor in 1996, recalled the night the two women chatted about her ambitions.
“I said, ‘You know, Sarah, within 10 years you could be governor,’ ” Ms. Chase recalled. “She replied, ‘I want to be president.’ ”
Vice presidential candidate, Sarah Palin has unsavory ties with Alaska’s Republican Sen. Ted Stevens, who is under indictment on eight counts of bribery stemming from his corrupt ties with Veco, an oil-field equipment corporation.
The Washington Post reports that Palin served as director of Ted Stevens Excellence in Public Service, Inc., a political action committee that raised vast cash contributions from corporations, most notably Big Oil, to bankroll campaigns of Republican politicians who dominate Alaska.
Stevens endorsed Palin for governor and made generous contributions to her campaign. Videos of Palin with Stevens at news conferences were on her gubernatorial web site. But those videos were removed the instant McCain named her his running mate.
Her links to Stevens also include her dealings with him in securing $27 million in federal earmarks for Wasilla, population 6,700, when she was mayor of the town. Wasilla had the largest per capita earmarks of any jurisdiction in the nation.
A member of the National Rifle Association, Palin pushed through a $400,000 appropriation to promote the shooting of wolves and bears from low-flying airplanes soon after taking office as governor. Wildlife advocates condemn aerial shooting as a “blood sport.” Her administration offered a $150 bounty to any hunter who turned in the left foreleg of a wolf, until the courts ruled it depraved cruelty. This year, state predator control officers killed a female wolf and her mate and then dragged 14 newborn wolf cubs from their den and shot them in the head at close range.
Most dangerously of all, Palin called on last Thursday for NATO to admit the former Soviet republic of Georgia, acknowledging that such a move could lead the United States into a military confrontation with Russia. That’s WWIII, my friends.
Palin aggressively opposed a clean water initiative on Alaska’s August ballot aimed at protecting the huge Bristol Bay salmon fishery. It was opposed by mining interests that are now racing to build the Pebble gold and silver mine that could pour millions of gallons of cyanide poison into the streams that flow into Bristol Bay while destroying salmon spawning grounds.
Palin favors drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and in coastal waters of Alaska and other U.S. shores. She also refuses to push Exxon to pay Alaska for the unanticipated long-term damages inflicted by the Exxon Valdez disaster in 1989. Shortly before Palin took office, Alaska presented Exxon with a demand that the company pay $92 million for these cleanup costs, “but her administration has since not pressed the issue or taken Exxon to court to collect the money. Meanwhile, Exxon reaps record profits from Alaska,”
To demonstrate her lack of expertise concerning crude oil supplies, Palin recently stated that we should drill in America as there is plenty of oil here. Currently, America’s best estimate is that the oil left to be drilled in America could account for only 3.5% of our total needs. McCain, who also advocates drilling in America, does not mention that this would not solve our dependence on foreign oil. The media have not challanged Palin (the oil expert), or McCain on this important point.
Then there is her opinion on Russia, whose invasion of Georgia was not unprovoked, “And we’ve got to keep an eye on Russia. For Russia to have exerted such pressure in terms of invading a smaller democratic country, unprovoked, is unacceptable,” she said.
In his interview with Palin, “Charlie” Gibson quoted her as saying: “Our national leaders are sending U.S. soldiers on a task that is from God.” Like the Blues Brothers, Palin is on a mission from God.
Palin said she opposed earmarks and defended her own record as the former mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, which received around $27 million in federal funding, and her decision to first back and then withdraw support of the so-called ‘Bridge to Nowhere.’
The governor withdrew support of the bridge, slated to be built with $398 million in federal funds, to a small island with 50 residents after the project became synonymous with needless government spending.
Palin is under investigation by the state legislature into whether she inappropriately dismissed Walter Monegan, a member of the Alaska Public Safety Commission, after he refused to fire her ex-brother-in-law, a state trooper.
On Friday the committee investigating “Troopergate” subpoened 13 witnesses including Todd Palin, the governor’s husband.
Palin painted her sister’s ex-husband Mike Wooten as a dangerous member of the state police who threatened the governor and her family.