Saturday, September 20, 2008

Travelgate via ABC with Andrew Halcro riding shotgun

Well now we have another story on the alleged wife abuser, Walt Monegan. It seems that Palin fired Monegan in part for an "unauthorized travel" request.

Truth is a funny thing in that a request could have been made with a certain intent that may have complied with Governor Palin or it may not have complied with what Governor Palin wanted.

Here is a copy of the travel document that is being used to discount Governor Palin's statements that the travel was unauthorized.

The date of the request was on June 18, 2008. The travel was to be done between July 22, 2008 and July 26, 2008.

On July 17, 2007, Palin sent an e-mail to Monegan. Governor Palin complains to Monegan in the e-mail that a proposal to restrict gun sales to people who make death threats would still allow her former brother-in-law, Trooper Mike Wooten, to carry a gun, despite the Palin family allegation that Wooten once threatened to kill the governor's father.
"Amazing," the e-mail says. "And he's still a trooper, and he still carries a gun, and he still tells anyone who will listen that he will 'never work for that b----' (me) because he has such anger and distain towards my family."

At this time, there is no record if the travel authorization was canceled or if there are any e-mails to the fact.

On July 11th, 2008, Monegan was fired.

There is almost a one year time frame between the e-mails in 2007 to Monegan about Wooten and the travel request and the firing. If Palin had wanted to fire Monegan on the Wooten issue alone, she would have fired him in 2007.

It is evident that there is a culmination of events that caused Palin to fire Monegan and it wasn't the first time Monegan was let go. Mayor Begich had let him go also.

Moreover, here is what Cyr of the Trooper's union had stated:

The head of the union that represents state troopers, one of the agencies Monegan oversaw, said replacing him was the wrong move and that troopers were happy with department leadership "for the first time in years."

Palin has called for cuts to the public safety budget, while Monegan wanted more troopers, said John Cyr, executive director of the Public Safety Employees ssociation.

"Her basic mission is to cut the basic cost of government," he said. "I understand that. But when you do that with public safety, that means that people are less safe in their homes."

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