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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  1. hmoo

    Sounds like a good move for Alaska and its people. Work hard for all of us, Alaska and the lower 48 Kim.

    March 3, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  2. NYC REPUB

    The GOP doesn't have one, big tent person among them.........it has become sickening to see what my party is becoming.......If the economy turns around, I'm voting Obama/Biden 2012.....

    March 3, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Looks like he got his quid pro quo. Funny to see how this administration does business. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

    March 3, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  4. Osmo

    Here it comes, let the Palin bashing begin. I can see it now: "She should just go away already" and "Her party lost, she should shut up and listen for a while" and "Why is she still in the spotlight?" with various jabs about moose and her daughter, because you're all immature. And by the way, we get it. She's from Alaska and her teenage daughter is pregnant. That's so overplayed, it's not even clever anymore, and lost its humor long, long ago. But how many of you have teenaged daughters who are pregnant, or how many of you had children while you were teens? And now take a step back and take a look at all the teens in the country today who have children. Pick a new target, vultures. If Palin is such old news, why keep talking about and bad-mouthing her?

    Another thing, you lberal democrats always talk about "Why is she still in the spotlight?" How about you ask the media that, since they're the ones reporting everything. How about you ask CNN why they have such a fixation with her, and feel the need to make everything she does a headline story? It's because they want you to be badmouthing her, since all the media favors and protects the left.

    As for the article itself, if she wasn't in the running for the vice presidency, these allegations would have never surfaced farther than Alaska, if at all, and nobody would care about it. It was just the democrats out to destroy her and sabotage her campaign, regardless of whether or not they're true.

    March 3, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  5. John

    Senator Elton pledged his allegiance to honesty and integrity, Sarah. No one is fooled. Why don't you go hunting or something? Take a break.

    March 3, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  6. mkn

    she hopes he "uses his job" to benefit Alaska?
    Shouldn't he "use his job" to benefit everybody ?
    This isn't the United States of Alaska !

    March 3, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  7. DON'T CLICK SHE WILL GO AWAY

    GO AWAY

    March 3, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  8. jo

    Well it sounds like Kim stabed Sarah Pain twice in the back....
    Do you think this was a pay off from the Dem's in Washington?

    March 3, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  9. ML Norris

    Please–get over Palin, already. Contrary to what you seem to think, we are not all sitting out here pining away to hear more of her words of questionable wisdom.

    Wouldn't it have been more appropriate to post a photo and quote of Sen. Elton instead of subjecting us to Palin's mug and smug comments?

    I, for one, have had quite enough half-baked Alaskan for one decade. Please let her go back to what she does best: state-level manipulation of funds, backstabbing anyone who crosses her, and clandestine pork farming.

    March 3, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  10. Libertarian in AK

    "charges she improperly dismissed a public safety commissioner who refused to fire her sister’s ex-husband, a state trooper."

    I can't belive the MSM will not give up on this incomplete statement of the multiple issues concerning this bad cop, sorry 'trooper'

    March 3, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  11. proud army navy mom

    “Senator Elton pledged his allegiance to President Obama last summer,” said the governor.

    Who did you pledge your allegiance to last summer, Palin? On let me guess.....Rush. you were the his number one behind kisser.

    March 3, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  12. aware

    Just remember that Obama has no moral center or code of ethics. He is a postmodern relativist who believes that concepts such as right and wrong, goodness and badness, or truth and falsehood are not absolute but change from culture to culture and situation to situation.

    So kill babies or deny medical services to the elderly if it saves money! :(

    March 3, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  13. Frustrated

    ....and hope that he uses this job for Alaska’s benefit.”

    Isn't that lobbying???

    March 3, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  14. JimB

    This is the kind of obvious payoff that should sicken everyone. Unfortunately, today's climate means it will probably only sicken Republicans.

    March 3, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  15. mjm

    Pay to play

    March 3, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  16. Edie Mascolo

    I love it! Elton – Sarah's foe – as Director of Alaska Affairs!
    Great!

    March 3, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  17. Robin

    Well, perhaps the brother-in-law should not have used his police issued taser on his 10 year old step-son.

    Not only should he have been fired, but he also deserved jail time for endangerment of a child.

    March 3, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  18. Rorschach

    ..."the report also said Palin had abused her power as governor, and had violated state ethics law."

    Read that one more time, Sarah. And quit whining. It isn't anyone else's fault: own it. You lost and you can blame yourself for dragging down the GOP ticket with your ineptness.

    March 3, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  19. Tony

    No news here unless the Senator Elton hasn't paid his taxes. Palin's office gave her a generic comment to quote. Done and done.

    March 3, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  20. Marc

    Yes, Obama is fulfilling his campaign pledge to have an open, bipartisan administration that is willing to reach across the aisle... and smack somebody. "Change You Can Believe In?!"

    March 3, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  21. Tom in Delaware

    Cool

    With all this focus on Rush I was afraid we may not hear about Palin for a while.

    Did any of you media types bother to look into every aspect of this guy's life like you did to Sarah and Joe the Plumber?

    Yeah...didn't think so, but what could we expect from the MSM...you didn't even vett Obama.

    March 3, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  22. Jose, San Diego

    Wow, an anti-American smear and a stern warning from Rapture Spice; please, GOP, please keep Caribou Barbie (high school IQ test score of 83) on the front burner for 2012, Obama has a lot of work to get done to clean up Shrub's disastrous imperium.

    March 3, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  23. worriedmom

    Does this not tell you that deals were made by the Obama thugs. I don't think this is a cocidence. But remember what goes around will come around and i am sure he did as told for power.

    March 3, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  24. Mike Mundy, Houston, TX

    Unfortunately, it is going to take this administration to bring you and I to our knees in their handling of this economy, before many come to realize that Sarah Palin was the real deal!

    Palin 2012, baby!! Everyone else are mindless peeps, who can't think for themselves!

    March 3, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  25. lynn

    Thank Gosh Obama is paying off the people he had do his dirty work for him.

    March 3, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
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