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Sarah Palin's 1,100+ Secret Emails

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The more you dig, the goofier it gets…

Some background…

In June, Andrée McLeod, a self-described independent government watchdog in Alaska, sent an open records act request to the office of Governor Sarah Palin. She requested copies of all the emails that had been sent and received by Ivy Frye and Frank Bailey, two top aides to Palin, from February through April of this year. McLeod, a 53-year-old registered Republican who has held various jobs in state government, suspected that Frye and Bailey had engaged in political activity during official business hours in that period by participating in a Palin-backed effort to oust the state chairman of the Alaska Republican party, Randy Ruedrich.

I hope you noted that the open records request was made by a registered Republican.

So then, what’s so goofy?

Well…here’s one potential bombshell…

Several of the emails suggested to her that Palin’s office had used its influence to reward a Fairbanks surveyor who was a Palin fundraiser with a state job. In early August, McLeod filed a complaint with the state attorney general against Palin, Bailey, and other Palin aides, claiming they had violated ethics and hiring laws. Palin, now the Republican vice-presidential candidate, told the Alaska Daily News that “there were no favors done for anybody.”

And it gets even goofier…

But more intriguing than any email correspondence contained in the four boxes was what was not released: about 1100 emails. […]

The list of still-secret emails includes a series of messages that circulated on February 1, 2008, among Palin, Bailey, Frye, and Todd Palin “re Andrew Halcro.” A former Republican, Halcro ran as an independent against Palin for governor in 2006, collecting only 9 percent of the vote. […]

The list of confidential emails [also] includes a number of communications related to the Public Safety Employees Association, a union for the state’s police officers and state troopers, and the headings refer to PSEA ads and a “PR campaign.” Many of these PSEA-related emails were CC’ed to Todd Palin—and were also withheld under the deliberative process and executive privileges.

Obvious question #1: Why is Todd Palin being CC’d on ANY email that is official government business?

Obvious question #2: How can Sarah claim executive privilege and keep the emails secret if Todd was included in the correspondence?

Obvious question #3: How did Palin treat McLeod after this records request?

The answer to that last one: not well.

Palin has denounced McLeod’s efforts. After McLeod filed the ethics complaint, Palin told the Anchorage Daily News, “This is the same Andrée McLeod that follows us around at public events and camps herself out in our waiting area and hounds us for a job, asking us if there’s a way she can…not have to go through the system to get a job with this administration.” Palin also called McLeod “the falafel lady,” because McLeod once sold falafel.

On his website, Halcro has posted excerpts of emails Palin sent McLeod between 2002 and 2005, in which she praised McLeod. In one of these messages, Palin wrote, “You’re all about accountability.” In another, Palin said, “Thanks for working to instill the public trust.” Palin also wrote her, “I’m proud to know you.” And in one email, Palin hailed McLeod: “Holy Moly you are powerful regarding getting the word out to the press about questionable activity.”

The more you dig, the goofier it gets…