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Palin probe

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is one of many under consideration for Sen. John McCain’s potential vice-presidential running mate. But trouble could be afoot.

“Just simmering beneath all the Palin buzz is an investigation into her firing of state Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan. Last week, the state Senate approved the hiring of an independent investigator into the firing, thereby throwing some cold water on the Palin-for-VP bandwagon,” said Real Clear Politics on Monday.

The controversy is over whether Mrs. Palin, or someone close to her, pressured Mr. Monegan to fire a state trooper who got a divorce from the governor’s sister, according to the Anchorage Daily News.

“Some think this could sink Palin’s VP chances, no matter the outcome. Maybe. One reason it might is that with the investigation just beginning, there isn’t enough time to clear Palin’s name before McCain has to make a decision. Going into the fall with a running mate under investigation isn’t the best move.”

Contact Jennifer Harper at jharperwashingtontimes.com or 202/636-3085.