- - Thursday, February 23, 2012

ALASKA

Palin emails show anger over ‘absent’ complaints

JUNEAU — In the final months before she resigned as Alaska’s governor, Sarah Palin displayed growing frustration over deteriorating relationships with state lawmakers and their perceived efforts to “lame duck” her administration.

She also expressed outrage over ethics complaints that she saw as frivolous, prompting her to write: “I can’t take it anymore.”

The details are included in more than 17,000 records released Thursday by state officials.

By spring 2009, the emails show, Mrs. Palin was regularly butting heads with lawmakers of both parties about her absences from the Capitol and her picks for vacancies in the state Senate as well as her Cabinet. The emails she sent to staff illustrate her growing suspicion that those legislators were seeking to undermine her by harping on how often she was away from Juneau, including her time campaigning as the Republican vice-presidential nominee.

“It’s unacceptable, and there must be push back on their attempts to lame duck this administration,” Mrs. Palin wrote to her top aides on April 9. “That’s only going to get worse as they try to pull more bs and capitalize on me being out of the capitol building for 36 hours.”

CAMPAIGN

Karen Santorum sees spouse’s surge as ‘God’s will’

The wife of presidential candidate Rick Santorum said Thursday that his rise in the polls is due to God working in mysterious ways.

“I personally think this is God’s will. I think He has us on a path, and I do think there’s a lot more happening than what we’re seeing,” Karen Santorum told social commentator Glenn Beck as she and her husband sat for an interview on his Web-based show, GBTV. “Personally I mean I think Rick’s a great guy, and he’s really smart and everything. But I think a lot more is happening than what we can actually see.”

Mrs. Santorum said she initially was reluctant to have him run for the White House — so much so that when Mr. Santorum approached her and asked her to pray about it, he said her initial reaction was that she wouldn’t even pray because “God couldn’t possibly want you to do this.”

But she finally gave the go-ahead to her husband to run for the White House once she saw President Obama win passage of his health-care law, which she said “put the fire in my belly.”

She said the campaign has been challenging, and said some would “have to be crazy to want” to be president. But she said she and her husband escape that because for them “it’s completely a spiritual thing. This is God’s will.”

“The ‘want’ is a mission to make the culture a better culture, more pleasing to God,” Mrs. Santorum said. “For us it’s all about making the world a better place.”

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