February 7th, 2009
11:11 AM ET
5 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. Tomkat in Seattle

    Here's my idea of punishment for Todd Palin & Co. They should be required to take down all the leftover McCain/Palin campaign signs left up and littering the state. Call it "Beautifying Alaska"...M2C

    February 7, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  2. shoegazer

    It's becoming clearer why she spends so much time these days in the lower forty-eight.........

    February 7, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. Dawn

    Hey Bush nor Chaney can't go into Vermont, they will be arrested. How about that one.

    Well do you think he is above the law? Nah.

    February 7, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  4. Peter

    Go away Palin...Send Todd to Gitmo and see how torture feels

    February 7, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  5. sue

    Professional liberal blogger alert!
    Terri, have you been living in a bubble the last few weeks?

    February 7, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  6. Lydia

    So, let me get this straight.

    Palin's husband and 10 aides refuse to testify at a hearing but since they gave written statements, they are left off the hook.

    What's the sense in having investigations if anyone can just not show up? And then, to boot, not be punished because they thumbed their nose at the investigators????

    What a racket? Guess if ever I'm called to testify, I'll cite the tricks by Palin's husband and I should be cleared? Sounds good to me!

    February 7, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  7. Fred Reyes

    Palin is faillin'g!!!

    February 7, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  8. Truth

    Sarah Palin, her husband & their aides will soon be part of the corrupt & incompetent Republicans which include Richard Nixon, Warren G. Harding, Ted Stevens, North Dakota Republicans, Oliver North, Tom Delay, Michael Foley, Dick Vitter, George W. Bush & Dick Cheney as well as everyone in their former administration, Andrew Johnson, the Illinois Republicans of the early 1990's and many more that have not been caught...yet. Typical Republican ideology & "legacy"...putting political party and financial interests before the country and its citizens. No wonder the country is in shambles, economically and in foreign policy. But the Obama/Biden administration will reverse much of the damage and improve this country over their term. Possible re-election in 2012!

    February 7, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  9. DIZIZI31

    Terri,
    Excellent comment. If these politicians are late on their taxes did their wages get garnished? Nope. We the people I am above the law, if politicians can do it so, can I!!

    February 7, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  10. Simon

    Sue would apear to be as unlettered as the uneducated Palin and her even more uneducated husband. He doesn't respond to a sub-poena probably because he can't read and she should be arrested and tried for sedition after her racially incendiary rabble-rousing while on the campaign trail. I'm not a liberal blogger, I just find ignorance, especially wilful ignorance, an abomination to modern society.

    February 7, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  11. mary,florida

    To all the Palin lovers.Its not that people hate Palin ,their just insulted that the corporate republican machine would have the nerve to nominate someone who might have to lead this counrty.That would not hire her to run one of their large corporations.Educatoin requirements are on every hiring application.

    February 7, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  12. Fan of Common Sense

    What a joke! Anyone with an I.Q. over room tempurature realizes that the timing of these subpeonas was COMPLETELY and TOTALLY POLITICAL. It irritates me to see politicians exploiting and abusing the system for PURELY PARTISAN reasons. They probably also wanted to question him about the D.U.I. he got 23 YEARS AGO when he was a kid.

    February 7, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  13. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Personal to sue:

    Speak for yourself, you enabler!!!

    February 7, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  14. LLT

    Why isn't CNN investigating the corruption in the contract Palin signed for the far from approved pipeline??

    February 7, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  15. Dan

    Why is this a story?

    February 7, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  16. Proud American

    He should be arrested and thrown in jail for being a Idiot. Think about it he married her and I'm sure they had some conversation before the wedding. Morons

    February 7, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  17. jason, tx

    bout time... lets get these lammos a jail cell along with princess stupid.

    February 7, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  18. mmd

    Todd the drunk had an excuse

    February 7, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  19. Keith, Co

    There actions prove there arrogance but little more.

    February 7, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  20. Marc

    Anyone found in contempt is supposed to be sent to jail.
    Ops... not if you're the husband of the governor...

    February 7, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  21. Same Old Stuff

    Leave the poor man alone. Living with Sarah is punishment enough.

    February 7, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  22. Champx

    first dude has his aides taking the fall. what a man.

    February 7, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  23. Magical Mindz

    So who on earth had the absence of mind to think that Palin and her husband belonged in the White House?

    February 7, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  24. james a. legel

    HELLO: Where are the "GOOD" devoted "GOP" REPS. and SENATORS ?? forget MR. "Loose as Goose
    McCain, he is under Obamas' wing. " hear, " Judge Bork, the only "REAGANITE" who makes any sense. He says there are no "balls" or "Tits" left in the GOP. All the conservatives organizations , and ther are many, have to make strong one order group to combat the ACLU, NARAL, NOW, PLANNED PARENTHOOD, and the PEOPLE FOR AMERICAN WAY, all ,who are bringing AMERICA down to the collapse of the U.S.A. ... God Bles, JIMBO

    February 7, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  25. Tyler olsen

    When is this going to stop? Obviously we live in a country where politicians like palin and her gang can do whatever they well please as long as they have a "base". Palin, Mccain,Steel,Romney are all cut out of the same Republican ideological molde,"we are always right & perfect with God on our side".so there is no need to obey the law, or pause to reflect on the possibily of being wrong.
    Of course they endure because the corporate media indulges them in their sense of grandiosity.

    February 7, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
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