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. Viet Vet

    President Obama,

    Please name Gov.Sarah Palin as Special Envoy to Siberia. She can certainly see Russia up close from there. And the media certainly
    wouldn't follow her there maybe,also. I'm so tired of the non-stories about her.

    March 3, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  2. Leslie

    "Elton will serve as Director of Alaska Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Interior."

    Hopefully Elton will put the lid on all the senseless killing of innocent animals in Alaska. "Wolf Killer" Palin needs to be put in check. Anyone who allows shooting and killing of animals from a plane or helicopter is a coward and dangerous to society. I am a gun toting Democrat but I do not think this should be legal.

    March 3, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  3. NC listener

    Pay to play at work again! Mr. Elton run a smear campaign against Palin for Obama and a new job in his adminstration will be waiting. I guess the Obama machine was satify with Mr. Elton efforts.

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

    I guess Elton did her job, slimed Palin, and now collects her payment. What does that make Kim Elton?

    March 3, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  5. Mike S., New Orleans

    She's tickled to death she got her name and picture in the media again today. Every day counts like money in the bank.

    March 3, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  6. Tim, Seatlle

    The new leaders of the GOP:

    Limbaugh/Coulter 2012

    March 3, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  7. Roz

    Wow she never forgets a slight huh? "He pledged allegiance last summer to Obama"...... Guess she is mad he caught her abusing her power REGARDLESS of the actual facts of Troopergate...She ABUSED her power......ABUSED.
    Evidently Sen. Elton is being noted as someone who will pursue a wrongdoing even if it involves the governor of a state. This is a good quality needed in D.C. And D.C. needs an Alaska representative who's motto is NOT drill baby drill.
    Ziv and Kevin, WHAT WORLD do you live in? Obviously Rush Limbaugh's paranoid little world.....

    March 3, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  8. Bill Brown

    Big surprise. So we now know the Democrats use 'investigations' as a political tactic.

    And this from the lying clown who promised CHANGE?

    March 3, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  9. obama-mama

    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
    ____________________________________________________

    I know what part of your body is thinking for you. Maybe you and Palin have the same IQ

    March 3, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  10. Priscilla

    Mike, did you and Palin attend the same six schools to achieve a four year degree? Mindless peeps? I'm sure you meant mindless Palin.

    March 3, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  11. Steve in MN

    That was an official response from the Governor?

    Wow, talk about petty.

    March 3, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  12. chuck

    THE PITBULL WITH LIPSTICK WAS NOT QUALIFIED FOR THE JOB.THE ONLY THING SARAH IS QUALIFIED FOR IS SEX AND KILLING OF ANIMALS.

    March 3, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  13. Robert

    I hope he uses this job for the benefit of everyone not just Alaska.

    March 3, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  14. A little sad

    @Lotta Muni March 3rd, 2009 3:56 pm ET

    I...They seem to drag their opponents through the coals for infractions (for example Joe the plumber's back taxes),

    *****************************
    It was ironic that 'Joe the Plumber' was spouting off about the taxes that he erroneously was claiming he would have to pay when in fact he chose not to pay the taxes that he owed.

    I guess that went over your head, but many others found it pretty amusing, in a hypocritical sort of way....

    March 3, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  15. Failin' Palin is Wailin'

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

    Sounds like Miss Shake-up DC, is asking for favors and preferential treatment for Alaska in a very blatant and partisan manner. Sort of like the 10 million dollar taxpayer paid for "road to nowhere" she had built.

    Sounds like old habits die hard with Miss Alaskan Analsphincter.

    March 3, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  16. ross berg- Buffalo, NY

    Sarah Palin is terrific and I can't wait for her to spend more time in the lower 48.

    She's the best thing to happen to domestic politics in ages and I hope she'll be active for years to come!!

    March 3, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  17. Vera

    Oh boy, a picture of every liberals favorite punching bag. The server for this board is about to crash from being flooded with elementary-school-yard insults.

    March 3, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  18. Tom

    For all you liberals who have nothing better to do than to try and insult Sarah Palin, why don't you guys get on with your lives and leave this woman alone. You know, go back to killing babies and supporting terrorist like you usually do. This is what you are good at as you have been doing it for what, about 50 million dead babies now.

    Yea, like you killers should judge anyone.

    March 3, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  19. Sam

    I would say that the true winner here is Sara Palin. She gets to put a republican in the senate and push her own agenda. So, it looks like the foe is actually helping her.

    March 3, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  20. susanj

    Mike Mundy in Houston Texas, you're a bigger idiot than Palin.

    March 3, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  21. Roy

    Palin in 2012??? HA HA HA HA.....boy you Republicans REALLY do want failure don't you?
    The only thing Sarah-bou is the 'real deal' about is self-serving political ambition......she would certainly cast us all aside, including YOU, to get a job in D.C. She cares about nothing beyond her small minded small town small universe ideology, period.

    Looks like a bit of jealousy that Elton gets to go to the party and Sarah has to stay home.......and bill for it.

    March 3, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  22. walls

    How is this is a story about Sarah Palin escapes me. As a long time Juneauite. I am proud and happy for Senator Elton's selection for this post. He will do a magnificient job for President Obama and the Nation.

    March 3, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  23. just joe

    You guys just don't give up, do you? In the interests of fairness in your fair and balanced coverage, how about running the same article with a photo of the lady from Alaska joining the Obama Administration with at least a short biographical sketch? Would that be too much to ask of you?

    March 3, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  24. a good laugh

    Whats the matter Sarah are you speechless?

    March 3, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  25. Texan

    He should lead a federal investigation into Palin now

    March 3, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
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