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. ann

    Go Sarah Palin. Don't let the naysayers get you down. You're a great lady and the liberals are scared to death of you because they know you would do what's right for the nation and they wouldn't get their own selfish agendas. Love you in Texas.

    March 3, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  2. Patrick - Indianapolis

    Oh Mike Mundy, you poor, poor, soul. I pity those of you who idolize a bumbling idiot

    March 3, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  3. Bnice

    this is great news. @ Mike Mundy What you meant to say was that Sarah Palin was the raw deal!! I bet ol' Sarah has egg on her face since Obama chose someone more knowledgeable besides her. I don't blame Obama for not wanting a corrupt republican hate monger such as Sarah Palin. Good choice for the Director of Alaska Affairs Obama. Keep up with those good choices and good work on the stimulus bill. America is behind you. Let the GOP fall behind!

    March 3, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  4. JGM

    PETTY, PETTY, PETYTY !!!!!! Just proves again---– she`s not smart enough to be at the next level. Talk about having her by the throat !!!!!! Sen. Elton doesn`t have to look over his shoulder now.

    March 3, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  5. Lotta Muni

    Interesting. I read the report, which failed to provide anything to support the arguemnt that Palin had commited any ethics violation. I'm not encouraged if that's the sort of selection we can expect from this administration. They seem to drag their opponents through the coals for infractions (for example Joe the plumber's back taxes), then conveniently overlook those same infractions when commited by one of their own (for example Tom Daeschle's back taxes)
    Welcome to a new era of hypocracy in gov't. Let's call it "Obamacracy".

    March 3, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  6. HM

    caribou barbie, that's pretty funny jose. you are truly a bandito con mucho hilarioso.

    March 3, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  7. Maegen

    Palin 2012! Finally, we will get the real deal in 2012. Like Obama says, it will take until 2013 to cut the deficeit because, Palin will help the economy in 2012, like she helped Alaska (great strategy for Obama to get re-elected in saying it will take him until 2013 to fix the deficeit).

    March 3, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  8. Sharon Kitchen

    Good.......maybe just maybe, now the Alaska indigenous population that has been starving and not allowed food that has been brought in 18 wheelers,may get this much needed food before any more die.

    March 3, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  9. Belle

    Payback for pursuing Palin relentlessly.

    March 3, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  10. obama-mama

    Payback is a mutha......

    March 3, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  11. Pam

    Mike Mundy, Houston, TX March 3rd, 2009 3:32 pm ET

    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!
    ------------

    You're funny!

    March 3, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  12. Sharon Kitchen

    oh .....I forgot a VERY important point......Gov. Palin had not ALLOWED
    those trucks/food through.The cost to her.....NOTHING~!!!!!!!!!!

    I guess she just wanted them to starve.............................

    March 3, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  13. Brandy

    good god, you people remind me of a bunch of vultures circling around waiting to eat a dying corpse.

    March 3, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  14. Tim, Seatlle

    @ Ziv who needs to get a grip who said: "Political payback from the former Chicago senator"
    --

    Huh? You repubs are getting more delusional and paranoid every day. Somebody pulled your Palin worship trigger ;)

    Hey Ziv.....here is your new bumper sticker that touts the new leaders of the GOP:

    Limbaugh/Coulter 2012

    March 3, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  15. HM

    Hey Gil Morgan, read the article. Her job is specifically with the ALASKA affairs component of the Dept. of Interior. I doubt Elton will be doing much for Rhode Island or NY. Twit.

    March 3, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  16. dont forget the plunger

    Sarahs so nice when she doesnt say a word.She didnt know this was a chess game.Dont forget to take Joe the plunger with you. haha

    March 3, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  17. Los

    Sorry repugs, even if this were cronyism, you have no room to criticize after the last 8 years (Alberto Gonzalez, Michael Brown, etc. etc. etc.)

    March 3, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  18. Lisa

    UN aware,

    Why don't you pull your hear out of Rush's arse so you can get some much needed oxygen to that brain of yours.

    March 3, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  19. Lauren

    "He pledged his alleigance to Obama...She wished him well", Wow! does she now have to apologize to rush for her supportive statements of Obama?

    March 3, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  20. Uncle Ellsworthy

    I see the trash is out and about once more. Let the name "Palin" appear in print somewhere and they are off and running with their obvous lack of any intelligent or worthwhile comments. They aren't even aware of what they are lacking in national leadership. This lack has become all to aparent even in this short time. We can only hope that the country survives.

    March 3, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  21. Marc in Virginia

    Typical Chicago politics by the President. Let someone else do your dirty work and handsomely reward them when no one is looking. I think there needs to be an investigation. This stinks of pay-to-play type of politics.

    March 3, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  22. A little sad

    @Ziv Zulander March 3rd, 2009 3:44 pm ET

    Political payback from the former Chicago senator. What else? You people on the left make me irrationally angry. You're so hung up on Obama you can't see the danger we're in. You're the ones who need to shut up or leave.

    **********************

    The operative word being "irrationally".

    Who are you exepcting to be named to an advisory position on Alaska? Someone from Rhode Island?

    March 3, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  23. Ray,Calif

    All I remember was The Democrats meeting in Alaska seemingly supporting the Democrats against Sarah Palin...Kodak moment....NO surprise..Obama appears to reward anyone who supported him..??

    March 3, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  24. Minnesotan

    Any foe of Palin's is a friend of the American people. That lying, uneducated, helicopter huntin', caricature of a female governor needs to go be a greeter at Walmart and hang out with her peers.

    March 3, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  25. Tim in NC

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

    And right there is on eof the central issues with Republicans, the individualist point of view. This isn't about alaska or any one state, becase we are all interconnected. N one state does well without the others doing well along side it.

    Its the UNITED States of America people, not the Individual States of America...

    March 3, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
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