The ethics complaints against soon-to-be former Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin are still rolling in after she announced she would be stepping down from office at the end of the month.
In her resignation speech, she blasted the tirade of frivolous ethics complaints being filed to the State Personnel Board costing her and the state valuable time and money. Her aides say the governor owes up to $500,000 in legal bills from the complaints and the state has spent nearly $2 million investigating the charges, many of them accusing the governor of abusing power in some fashion.
But the complaints continue, the latest one being filed on Friday, July 10, alleging she accepted payment for television interviews. Her lawyer Thomas Van Flein said this accusation is “categorically false.”
So far Mrs. Palin is 15-for-15 in fending off such complaints as Alaska residents challenging her trips out of state to attend a campaign event for Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Georgia Republican, and to speak at a pro-life breakfast in Indiana, as well as for conducting television interviews in her state office. Another was filed by Anchorage resident Linda Kellen Biegel, who took issue with Mrs. Palin for wearing to a public function a jacket made by a company that sponsored the governor’s husband, Todd, a snow machine racer. Ms. Biegel asked the personnel board to determine whether Mrs. Palin was abusing her position to serve her personal and financial interests.
One of them was immediately dismissed because it was filed under a fictional name.
Mrs. Palin said in a statement, released Friday, in response to the two new complaints: “The only saving grace in this recent episode is that it proves beyond any doubt the significance of the problem Alaska faces in the ‘new normal’ of political discourse. I hope this will be a wake-up call – to legislators, to commentators and to citizens generally – that we need a much more civil and respectful dialogue that focuses on the best interests of the state, rather than the petty resentments of a few.”