Palin Overreach in Troopergate

Whopper of a report from Alaska: Sarah Palin overstepped the powers of her office when she leaned on various state officials to fire her ex-brother-in-law. The report also notes that Palin allowed Todd Palin, the so-called First Dude, to lobby for the firing of trooper Michael Wooten. From the report: “Such impermissible and repeated contacts create conflicts of interests for subordinate employees who must choose to either please a superior or run the risk of facing that superior’s displeasure and the possible consequences of that displeasure.” Palin likely doesn’t face any penalties, but the October publicity is something she would have liked to avoid.