March 3rd, 2009
07:44 PM ET
3 years ago

Palin foe gets administration job

Palin was the target of an investigation, led by Elton.
Palin was the target of an investigation, led by Elton.

(CNN) – Alaska State Sen. Kim Elton, one of the leading officials to pursue an investigation of Gov. Sarah Palin during the heat of the presidential campaign, has taken a high-level job in the Interior Department.

Palin reacted in a short statement Monday, the day Elton announced his move to Washington.

“Senator Elton pledged his allegiance to President Obama last summer,” said the governor. “We wish him well as he moves on and hope that he uses this job for Alaska’s benefit.”

Palin was the target of an official investigation last year over charges she improperly dismissed a public safety commissioner who refused to fire her sister’s ex-husband, a state trooper. Elton led the legislative investigation of the incident.

The report, released in October, said Palin had the authority to fire the public safety commissioner, and the governor said it cleared her of wrongdoing. But the report also said Palin had abused her power as governor, and had violated state ethics law.

Elton will serve as Director of Alaska Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Interior.


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soundoff (201 Responses)
  1. Rush Limbaugh

    OMG! SEE?! THE LIBERALS GET FAVORS FOR TAKING PALIN DOWN!! OMG wow!

    March 3, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  2. obama-mama

    What goes around comes around....

    March 3, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  3. George the Democrat Obama fanatic.

    I missed her!!!!!!!!

    SYKE!!!!

    March 3, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  4. Jon in CA

    Nice to see Obama paying back the public enemies of Governor Palin.

    When will the college-twit who broke into Palin's email be given a Cabinet Position, Barry?

    March 3, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  5. Had It

    Why the picture of the Wasilla Witch? We need a picture of the Senator.

    March 3, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  6. KMAN

    Palin says ... “We wish him well as he moves on and hope that he uses this job for Alaska’s benefit.”

    I hope he uses his new job for the benefit of OUR NATION, not just Alaska's benefit, but what more could you expect from such a small-minded woman?

    March 3, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  7. Illinidiva

    For services rendered to the Obama campaign I guess.

    March 3, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  8. Eric

    Why is this article framed as if it's about Sarah Palin?

    I know everyone there must be goint through Palin withdrawls which is why a story about her appears every other day.

    Seriously, stop giving her news space – for the sake of us all.

    March 3, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  9. kathy

    I'll be glad when i read on CNN that Palin has been dethroned. She did abuse her power and would have continued had she not been exposed becuz of her VP running attempt. Alaska needs proper governor and it shouldn't include Palin.

    March 3, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  10. Jacque Bauer

    Bi-partisanship? Ha, it is transparently obvious that Obama and his thug Emmanuel are waging war against the Republican Party. America sees you for who you really are, O'man!

    March 3, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  11. pat C.

    her ugly soul is showing in this picture. not a good shot if i do say so. ugly is as ugly does. i sure hate to think of all that money she is hoping to make off her tell-all book that she claims to be so unfairly treated. i hope not one book sells. she deserves nothing for her ugly behavior of our president. sarah palin should be ashamed of the hate she rallied around for her own greedy cause.

    March 3, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  12. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    the woman is a moron

    March 3, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  13. savant

    A transparent political payoff

    March 3, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  14. Jimmy, AK

    Good. Kim was a disaster here in Alaska. A distraction. A liar, who accused Palin of the crap that she didn't even do. Were going to be able to get more work done without him.

    March 3, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  15. MinnScott

    It sounds like Governor Palin, in her brief statement, has finally learned that sometimes saying less can be far more meaningful than running off at the mouth. I can only hope it's a trend.

    March 3, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  16. Are You Serious???

    That was a good neutral response by Gov. Palin. Whether she meant it or not is a different story.

    March 3, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  17. Shirley in California

    Welcome Senator Elton. He represents the decent citizens in Alaska (which I and others were beginning to wonder about) and I bet he doesn't have a unwed teenage daughter at home with a baby. I'm sure palin wishes it were her. That's okay though-now she can spend plenty of time washing her dirty hair which she doesn't seem to do on a regular basis anymore since the RNC isn't paying for it. I'm sure Sen. Elton will do a fine job.

    March 3, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  18. TT

    So What

    March 3, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  19. Bud

    So what IS the point of this story? Palin is corrupt, but still Governor and Elton has an opportunity to further his service to Alaska. Slow news day?

    March 3, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  20. cheryl brooks from cali

    And the Beat goes on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sarah forget it, you're through, it's over. By the time election time come again let's hope you're not in jail!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 3, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  21. Scott the Independent

    Yes and when he returns to Alaska he should run for Governor and take her job. Poetic justice.

    March 3, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  22. Frank, Las Vegas

    Everyone gets to go to Washington except Palin. And people say life isn't fair. Palin needs to stay exactly where she is and out of the public's eye. Maybe while she's home in Alaska she can read some "books" and learn the English language!

    March 3, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  23. Miles

    Brilliant reporting CNN.

    Obama is wheeling and dealing with Russia, Iran, Nukes, Missle Defense, etc. and we get YET ANOTHER story on Sarah Palin.

    AND NOT A SINGLE MENTION of Obama's communications with Russia.

    Again, great work folks. Way to keep your eye on the ball.

    March 3, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  24. Mike Cairo, NY

    You'd think Obama would appoint someone as Director of Alaska affairs who has not proscecuted the sitting governor. Bad form, Barry.

    March 3, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  25. andrew

    for all you crazy people who think sarah palin will ever be a prime time player you are sadly mistaken. she is the butt of jokes and will be for years

    March 3, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
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