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. chuck

    SARAH PALIN IS LIKE THE SADDAM OF IRAQ,SHE HAS EVERYONE IN ALASKA AMBUSHED. UNFORTUNATELY,I DON'T SEE HER AS GOVERNOR OF ALASKA AFTER ELECTIONS IN 2010. SHE IS AN ABUSIVE PERSONALITY AND THE ALASKA PEOPLE ARE GROWING WEARY OF HER.

    March 3, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  2. phoenix86

    Aah, Obama paying back a favor. Sounds like Chicago on the Potomac.

    March 3, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  3. ex-Alaskan

    Gov. Palin should be aware that, here in the United States, one pledges allegiance to a flag, not to a person. But then again, Gov. Palin's awareness seems to begin and end with her own self-interest. Senator Elton has a record of service to Alaska that is longer and more illustrious than that of the governor. He deserves a better send-off from her. Regardless of what La Palin has to say, his loss will matter to ordinary Alaskans, and he will be missed. Thank you, Kim, from a former constituent.

    March 3, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  4. Kimberly in Azizona

    Who is Palin? The name sounds familiar, isnt she a plumber from Ohio? OH WAIT, shes that lady that was palin' around with mccain for a couple months huh, the lady with 4 pounds of make-up and traitor husband right??

    March 3, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  5. Kathy Brown

    Do the words "quid pro quo" ring a bell?

    March 3, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  6. jane

    why is the media still giving Palin media attention? she was over and done with in November so why the heck won't she just go away?...

    March 3, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  7. A little sad

    I wish him the best.

    March 3, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  8. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    I'm sure Elton's appointment shook Palin in her boots. Palin's comments sounded a bit nasty, why couldn't she just say I'm sure Elton will be a benefit of Alaska. Palin just shows she is just plain tacky and ignorant.

    March 3, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  9. zaphod2000.net

    this ugly woman has abused and broken every ethics law ever put in the books and got away with it, including the dude and his AIP pals. Maybe now she will finally pay for everything she has done and said. Funny that she mentions that Elton pledge allegiance to Obama last summer. That wouldn't have anything to do with her vindictive act?????
    Payback time Elton, packback time!!! :) :) :) :)

    March 3, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  10. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Palin probably recommended the guy for the job.

    March 3, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  11. Mike

    Another obamby attack puppy gets his rewards. I wonder if he has paid his taxes.

    March 3, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  12. Fairfax Voter

    I'm amazed that a sitting governor would blow off the person who will be the liaison to her state for the sake of a cheap shot, snarky quote. This woman is not only not very bright, but also not very grown up. I hope Alaska thinks carefully before choosing its next leader.

    March 3, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  13. Conservative, FL

    Rewarded by Obama for doing his part in attacking Palin. Between multiple tax dodgers and now something this obvious, I don't know what kind of change you all thought Obama was going to bring, but it certainly doesn't look good, especially since they were attacking Palin on ethics!

    At least now we know why democrats like to raise taxes so much, they don't pay them, so it doesn't impact their pocketbook. They are happy to spend the hard earned dollars the rest of us pay in, while they "forget" to report income, etc...

    March 3, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  14. carolflowery

    good grief, what in the world will he be paid for, isnt this proof government is way too big, next they will have a job for watching ants build sandhills

    March 3, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  15. Dan

    Typical republican left-handed compliment. He "pledged allegience" to Obama because he dared to accuse her of something. And she hopes he uses his *federal* position to aid Alaska. I hope he uses it to better the entire country.

    March 3, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  16. Tom

    Good deal! Somebody can keep an eye on the shady pipeline deals that Sara has been pallin around with.

    March 3, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  17. J. L. Wlker, Sr.

    It looks as if State Senator Kim Elton, the leading official, in the Palin
    investigation received a reward for his efforts.

    March 3, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  18. Typical White Person

    Obama rewards another of his workers...

    March 3, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  19. Jim

    Another divisive comment from Palin. No surprise there

    March 3, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  20. jjr

    Hmmmmm....I guess that he was "rewarded" for his work.

    March 3, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  21. TM in CO

    McCain and Palin did not win the election. As the governor of Alaska, she should only appear in the media within the borders of Alaska, not in national news settings. The sooner you quit reporting on her or things related to her, the sooner she will go away and the sooner the Republican party will heal

    March 3, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  22. Jon

    If she violated the law, why is she still governor?

    March 3, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  23. DNC Playbookie

    Destroy any potential Republican leader.
    Prop up Rush Limbaugh.

    March 3, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  24. Mark

    What qualifies Mr. Elton for the job? Although I hardly think President Obama was behind an investigation into Governor Palin that began long before she became Senator McCain's running mate, it seems slightly over-cozy that Mr. Elton is being given this administration job unless he is the most qualified candidate.

    March 3, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  25. Diane

    The phrase "uses this job" is very telling. That is how she thinks of an elected official's role: as something to be used, not as service. Very opportunistic.

    March 3, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
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