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. Mike

    well he certainly "earned" that job. At least we know Obama keeps his word to pay people back.

    March 3, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  2. human being

    why is this news??

    March 3, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. Dave C - NJ

    "Palin's ex-roomate's Brother's Best Friend Get Job in Obama Administration"

    Who cares!?

    March 3, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  4. Jean

    They could not find any wrong doing so they made some excuse that she didn't yell at her husband enough.

    What a Joke!

    Palin was cleared of any wrong doing by the Personnel Board.

    Elton will fit right in with the scums in Obama's cabinet.

    March 3, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. Lauren

    Let me gues, there will be over 300 replies from liberals slamming Sarah

    March 3, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  6. Don From Philly

    I wonder if he paid his taxes

    March 3, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    Wow. Still can't let go of the "un-American" v. "real American" crap can she? I mean really..."pledged his allegiance to Obama?" Like anyone truly believes he doesn't put his country and his state before all else. Someone tape this bimbo's mouth shut and throw her in the Bering Strait.

    March 3, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  8. Simon

    Can't this woman get ANYTHING right? He was NOT President Obama when Elton pledged his allegiance last summer. President Obama wasn't elected till November. The meaning of words is of total indifference to Palin. I thought she got some sort of very basic degree in journalism. How can that be, when she cannot write a grammatically correct sentence?

    March 3, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  9. Vegas Barbie the Paralegal for Obama

    Good for Sen. Elton. I never thought I'd hear myself say this, but I am almost glad that Romney won the straw poll at the CPAC Convention last weekend. While I believe Pres. Obama will handily beat any candidate the Repubs put up in 2012, the very thought that that woman could be within sniffing distance of the White House just scares me beyond belief.

    March 3, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  10. Simpliticus

    Thus begins the undermining of Palin's once high-ground of Republican interests. This is again a wise move on the part of the president to weaken Palin's position as she plays with problems with taxes and moral hazard within state politics. They fall hard when these fail!

    March 3, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  11. Don

    hmmmmm...interesting..just a bit.

    March 3, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  12. PATC

    I think we need to investigate this Elton guy. A very weak and nobody can understand result finds Palin Abuses power and now this guy mysteriously ends up working for Obama? Do the math. CNN you like to do investigating reporting. Drop your editorial coverage and start looking into this.

    March 3, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  13. I can see Canada from my house!

    Just when the day could not get any better, here comes this little tidbit.

    Did Sarah had to be medicated after that press release was issued?
    You betcha!

    March 3, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  14. PATC

    Can you say Chicago Blago/Obama style Pay to Play Politics. This is change we can believe in.

    March 3, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  15. Debbie

    She sounds bitter. "Pledged his allegiance"?

    March 3, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  16. Charlie

    I guess this is how you get paid for services rendered in the world of OBAMA.

    March 3, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  17. Brian Crooks

    She makes it sound like he joined some sort of rebellion. "Pledged allegiance to Obama?" Get real, lady.

    March 3, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  18. Snowing in Alaska

    Mr. Elton has done excellent work for many years as our senator, and we are very sorry to lose him on a local scale. Before this whole Troopergate nonsense, you would be hard pressed to find a single person who did not thoroughly respect and like Senator Elton. He is still the same personable, smart and clear thinking politician as he has always been, and President Obama and the Sec. of the Interior are extremely fortunate to have him in the fold.

    If you hear bad things about Mr. Elton – you can count on the knowledge that you are listening to all the nasties that came out of the woodwork over Gov Palin worship and Troopergate. His life's work has been dedicated to making all of Alaska a better, brighter and more self sufficient state to call home. Mr Elton, I will miss you but I wish you the best in your new post! Alaska is still very lucky to have you on the job, even if we won't see you often as we are accustomed to.

    March 3, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  19. Dave in Houston

    I love how the picture is not of Kim Elton, who got a job and might want her 15 mintues of fame, but of the photogenic and fascinating Sarah P.

    March 3, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  20. chris24

    sincerity is not her strong point.

    March 3, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  21. Esther in Fl

    How about Palin starts doing her job for "Alaska's benefit" instead of vying for 2012

    March 3, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  22. Lee

    Why is a governor involved with trying to fire a single state trooper?

    Palin should stop treating her office as a personal fiefdom where she can settle family scores and her sister's messy divorce disputes with her ex-husband.

    The state should follow laws and procedures without inteference from Palin (or her husband and aides, who she used as a shield to purposely insulate herself from an ethics charge – She KNEW that it was wrong).

    March 3, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  23. Ellie

    Poor Palin, still playing the sore loser eh?

    March 3, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  24. Doc

    Maybe she will just shoot him from a helicopter...then charge it to the State so she can get reimbursed.
    Man, what a talented grifter she is...had she never accepted the VP slot she could've bilked Alaska for thousands over the next couple of years. Under the radar, she could've had per diem out the yang until 2010. She must be sorry for the exposure.

    March 3, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  25. Obama 2.0

    And Sarah pledged her allegiance to Rush Limbaugh.

    March 3, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
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