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. JA/TN

    governor you did wrong despite the report, when considering true christian values, by day evangelical christian, in office whatever benefits you the most, come on walk a straight line, wrong is wrong

    March 3, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  2. California Gold

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

    Rather than using her job for her benefit.

    March 3, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  3. Rick

    So now we know who was behind the "scorched-earth campaign" to smear Palin....none other than Der Fuhrer himself, Obama.

    March 3, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  4. once upon a horse

    ahh another week another Palin story was wondering how she was going to get in the media this week.

    March 3, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  5. Independent, IL

    Palin is old news. Move on CNN.

    March 3, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  6. epicbaze2005

    Poor silly Sarah, she can pin herself on my wall anyday

    March 3, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  7. snowbear

    checkmate.hahahaha

    March 3, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  8. chuck

    Is Rush Limbaugh banging Sarah Palin?

    March 3, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  9. Walter

    Isn't it funny how the mention of Palin often drives Liberals into fits of rage. I can just see some of them now, writhing on the floor and foaming at the mouth. LOL.

    March 3, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  10. Trueman

    This is news?

    March 3, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  11. karen-Phoenix

    Please CNN, NO MORE PALIN!!! AND the more I hear of the GOP, I really DO NOT want to hear about them either. THey tried to destroy this country and now all they can do is criticize President Obama when he is trying to put us all back to work, restore "inhouse" energy and rebuild our public schools for our grandchildren!!

    March 3, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  12. Independent Paul

    Wow, this doesn't look shady at all. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

    March 3, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  13. Florio

    @Mike Mundy, The real deal, where do you play poker. Enough said.

    March 3, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  14. HBHubby

    Just another example of Obama paying off his menions.

    March 3, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  15. Rolly

    Wasn't that a shocker? Elton kisses you know what and gets a high profile job.. Guess he collected. Echoes Blagojevich's what can you do for me if I do this for you. The truth is clear now.. Palin was innocent all along..

    March 3, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  16. Kevin Denver Colorado

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

    That's the funniest thing I've heard all day!!
    Thanks for the laugh-

    March 3, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  17. Accountability

    Right...Palin's the real deal only if you want to transform the federal government to another stupid reality show.

    March 3, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  18. Jesus was a liberal

    I think statements like 'pledged allegiance to Obama' are specifically designed to imply to detractors of this administration that they are not bound to this government the way they would expect any other citizen to be when it serves THEIR purpose. Very dangerous to talk like that to the crazies on both sides (read gun toting haters on the right and window smashing, car burning, World Trade Prostesters and Earth firsters on the left)

    Like it or not, we vote, and we respect the outcome until we vote again.

    March 3, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  19. keith in california

    This story is ostensibly about Alaska State Sen. Kim Elton. So why is it not titled "Alaska State Sen. Kim Elton gets administration job"?

    Palin, Palin, Palin. Stop validating this ignorant partisan hack (Africa, NAFTA, newspapers).

    March 3, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  20. Honestly!!!!!!

    Jose! thanks...I needed that afternoon laugh! :-)

    to Aware: are you really? You seem....um...ignorant...and ahhh...dumb enough to let it show. Shame on ...someone...anyone...for not stopping you!

    March 3, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  21. Alan

    I can't believe anyone who refers to the "MSM." What on earth IS the MSM? That thing Sarah fears? The one that asks all those "tough, barbed questions" like "what publications do you read?"

    To hear Sarah tell it - she'd do away with the FIRST amendment in a heartbeat.

    Go back into the snow, Sarah.

    March 3, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  22. Ryan

    Mike Mundy is awesome. He must have been out of the country without internet access or TV to think Palin was the real deal.

    March 3, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  23. Tax Cuts can increase that certain part of tha male body!

    You can cut a Roast on that woman's face

    March 3, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  24. Tracey

    Mike Mundy you are sooooo STUPID

    March 3, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  25. Darin

    Palin is a moron.

    March 3, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
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