Why Is McCain Camp Trying To Kill TrooperGate?
Okay, I know why they’re trying to do it, but why even get involved? Shouldn’t they let this thing just play out and stay as far away from it as possible? Or are they really that afraid of what this investigation will find?
Key Alaska allies of John McCain are trying to derail a politically charged investigation into Gov. Sarah Palin’s firing of her public safety commissioner in order to prevent a so-called “October surprise” that would produce embarrassing information about the vice presidential candidate on the eve of the election.
In a move endorsed by the McCain campaign Friday, John Coghill, the GOP chairman of the state House Rules Committee, wrote a letter seeking a meeting of Alaska’s bipartisan Legislative Council in order to remove the Democratic state senator in charge of the so-called “troopergate” investigation.
Coghill charged that the senator, Hollis French, had “politicized” the probe by making a number of public comments in recent days, including telling ABC News that Palin had a “credibility problem” and that the investigation into the firing of public safety commissioner Walter Monegan was “likely to be damaging to the administration” and could be an “October surprise.” Wrote Coghill: “The investigation appears to be lacking in fairness, neutrality and due process.”
Listen, if they really think French can’t be impartial, then they have a right to ask for somebody else to run it. But that’s not what they’re trying to do. They’re trying to kill the investigation.
However, given there are audio tapes of one of Palin’s top aides talking to Monegan about trooper Mike Wooten, as well as emails from Palin herself expressing frustration that something wasn’t being done about Wooten, there’s too much “there” there to simply shut this investigation down. To do so would be crossing a clear ethical line itself because it would be a blatantly partisan move.
More as it develops…