February 7th, 2009
11:11 AM ET
9 years ago

Sarah Palin's husband, aides found in contempt

Todd Palin, shown campaigning in Virginia in 2008, didn't testify, but submitted a statement in the case.

Todd Palin, shown campaigning in Virginia in 2008, didn't testify, but submitted a statement in the case.

(CNN) - Todd Palin and nine aides were found in contempt Friday by the Alaska Senate for failing to appear to testify in the Legislature's "troopergate" investigation of his wife, Gov. Sarah Palin, a spokeswoman for the Alaska Democratic Party said.

But a Senate resolution said no one should be punished, because the 10 did submit statements to the investigator, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

The governor's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The investigation concerns the governor's firing of the state's public safety commissioner, Walter Monegan.

A bipartisan commission in the state Legislature investigated allegations that Palin fired Monegan after he refused to sack her ex-brother-in-law, State Trooper Mike Wooten. The governor, first elected in 2006, has denied wrongdoing.

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  1. Mike in Jacksonville

    Just a bunch of slimeballs

    February 7, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  2. Maria

    the whole family are crooks- Palin, her husband, and the joke future inlaws!!

    February 7, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  3. Adam

    Couldn't happen to better people...

    February 7, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  4. ran

    Once again one set of rules for the so call powerful and another for the rest of us. When or will this ever stop?

    February 7, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  5. Diane

    What a weasel.

    February 7, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  6. J

    Give it a rest already. The public saftey commissioner was a tool. He got fired because he was bad at his job. End of story.

    February 7, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  7. Bipartisanship

    That's it CNN. Keep talking about Palin. We are in one of the worst economic recessions since WWII and this is your news. I guess I'll go get the real news from another source.

    February 7, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  8. No Vaseline

    Why is Caribou Mooseface still in the news?

    February 7, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  9. Scott, Tucson

    Seems to me the governor of any State can fire anyone working for them for any reason.

    Todd..if you have cheated on your taxes it might not be too late to ask Obama for a cabinet post in his administration.

    February 7, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  10. Maggie SC

    PLLEASEEEEEEEEEEE, LEAVE THUIS FAMILY ALONE. It is a shams and disgrace how the CNN News holds onto old bones like a dog who has never had a meal in their life. Why pick on thes people and why are they so importan to the media? A lot of things would die down and get better if someone in the news would stop suporting dirty news reports. Some one or many someones must be highly intimmidated by the Palin family. I think a bit of empathy and kindness would go a long way. But then Cnn knows no kindness if they have a bone to chew just so they can sell a story foir money spelled, greed.

    February 7, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  11. gary n.

    I've been found in contempt, too. Contempt for the entire cast of
    " The Wasilla Hillbillies go to Washington ".

    February 7, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  12. chad in avery, ca.

    the palins suck

    February 7, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  13. andrew s. rostolder

    what did you expect from "knuckle haed jones and his band of merry men. when a pit bull is wearing lipstick, you never know what it will attract...........

    February 7, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  14. rlt

    ADN tries to soften the charge. $185000, spent to try and squash this investigation. Money from McCain-Palin supporters.

    February 7, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  15. Jeff

    I'm pretty sure I myself would snub any court over any politically motivated lynch attempt on my wife as well.

    February 7, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  16. Southern

    "The governor, first elected in 2006, has denied wrongdoing."

    More importantly, she was found innocent of any charges by the State Personnel board.
    Making that a part of the story wouldn't fit your agenda?

    February 7, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  17. German,Irish American

    Held in contempt but shouldn't be punished because they actually followed the law by submitting written statements which satified the special investigator? A special investigator who Walter Monegans wife once worked for, and whose families still socialize and remain good friends. A special investigator who spent months trying to tie Palin to an illegal activity, but could only come up, in his personal opinion, with an ethics violation, which proved to be false, based on Alaska law. CNN, If you need a catchy headline, how about, OBAMA TAKES FIRST TAXPAYER PAID TRIP ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE TO LUXURY DEMOCRAT RETREAT!

    February 7, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  18. Gerry In Toronto

    Breaks the law but protected by the GOP senate. How sick is that?

    February 7, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  19. Jamie from Philly

    Guilty, but unpunished: Thus is life for the privileged.

    February 7, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  20. Roger

    I love it, is this woman such a threat that you people can't finally leave her alone. We all know she was more qualified to be President than Obama let alone VP, but her ticket lost, you can move on now.

    February 7, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  21. Jay


    So Sarah Palin, Caribou Barbie, the "queen of alaska" Made sure that others have to follow the law but her and her husband is exempt? She is incompetent to serve as governor of Alaska and if she thinks the oval office is getting prepped for her anytime soon she is seriously dreaming. I think the American People are sick of idiots

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!!!

    February 7, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  22. Sandy

    The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

    February 7, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  23. Alfred E. Neumann

    Wow – Big headline: "Found In Contempt".

    When you read the article you find that it's just a political jab from the Alaskan Senate for not appearing in person as they did submit written statements.

    And the political process continues without solving any real problems.
    Juveniles, the Alaskan Senate is comprised of juveniles.

    Thanks for the big headline CNN. Thanks for nothing.

    February 7, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  24. Amazing Stuff

    Wonder if Todd finished high school. Seems he did common labor work on the oilfields. Strange group for sure.,

    February 7, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  25. Frank, San Diego

    So they are being held in contempt, but there is no punishment of any kind?

    Apparently, contempt is precisely the right attitude to have toward this legislature.

    February 7, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
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